October 17, 2017
Meet Our Bloggers
Mrs. O'Donnell gives great advice about how to, "Just go for it!"
My job at K12 is:
International Academy Middle School English Teacher
I have worked here since:
My family is comprised of:
A bunch of native Texans – mama, daddy, two sisters, hubby, two daughters, uncles, aunts, lots of nieces and nephews, cousins, second cousins, and even third cousins – We are one big happy Texan family! Everything is bigger in Texas…am I right?
I am passionate about my job:
Building relationships with my students and families is my paramount objective and connecting with them on a daily basis is my favorite part of my day.
My educational background includes:
B.S. Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University
My professional background includes:
I have taught sixth grade English for 11 years, ten of which were in a brick and mortar setting and one year virtual. I spent two years teaching sophomore English, yearbook, and junior varsity cheerleading at a local high school before making the switch to virtual teaching. I have served on many of committees throughout the years, earning teacher awards, even winning the District Teacher of the Year and being nominated for Regional Teacher of the Year.
On weekends I like to:
Play outside with my family, play Barbie’s with my youngest daughter, listen to my children play the violin and piano, munch on my hubby’s grilled delights, swim, go to the driving range, and watch a little sports and reality television.
Other sites and blogs I follow include:
My favorite food is:
I blog or participate on other folks' blogs because…..
I want to share my story from the teacher’s perspective and let prospective families know about my awesome school!!!
Meet our 2nd teacher blogger, Anna Peacock-McLaughlin
See what Mrs. Peacock-McLaughlin says about how "Sustain the Sparkle!"
My job at K12 International Academy is: A member of the most awesome middle school English Team that has ever existed!
I have worked here since: October 2011
My family is comprised of: The most supportive husband (Hubs) in the world and a joy-filled daughter (Beluga). You will see them referred to as Hubs and Beluga in posts.
I am passionate about my job: Yes! Yes! Yes! I love having the opportunity to participate in the educational experience of amazing middle school students. Specifically, I love spending time with students while we “play with essays” because, as my mother has always said, we all learn through play!
My educational background includes: A bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University in Sociology. Additionally, I earned a Masters of Education from The University of North Florida.
My professional background includes: Certifications in Elementary Education (K-6), English for Speakers Of Other Languages, Middle Grades Integrated (5-9) and Social Sciences, (6-12). Additionally, I have a Gifted and a Reading Endorsement. I worked at Julia Landon College Prep and Leadership Development School in Jacksonville, Florida for five years where I taught, English, Critical Thinking and Leadership. Starting in 2011, I began working at K12 International Academy in the Middle School.
On weekends I like to: Spend time with my family. We hike mountains, swim in springs and read. Also, I have a passion for sewing. It may sound like a grandmother-type hobby but I make some pretty cool stuff! Lastly, we just bought a home…so we spend lots of time working on the vegetable garden and reno-ing our 1940’s house!
Other sites and blogs I follow include: Our Little House Blog, ISTE, Digital Writing, Sew Mama Sew, Chef Tom Gray
My favorite food is: First of all, Hubs and I are foodies who have eaten at the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the country. Specifically, we love farm to table style places. That stated, Chef Tom Gray of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, twice-nominated for the James Beard Award (Best Chef: South, 2009 & 2010), has the best food I’ve ever experienced!
I blog or participate on other folks' blogs because…..I practice what I preach to my students. If we take the time to write, we should take the time to share what we write.
Meet blogger #3, Rosemarie "Roey" Hilliard
Roey is the social media coordinator for K12 Academy. She has developed, implemented, and managed the social media strategy for K12 International Academy. The social community has been designed to offer information, support and connections among current customers for retention and engagement. Roey has been able to expand her social media talents to improving upon and expanding the social media presence for all private K12 schools in various social media channels and analyzing the impact of her efforts using Google Analytics. Primary Focus includes content marketing strategy including creation and use of user generated content, customer engagement techniques and consulting on social media best practices. Previously, she taught social science and technology courses at the secondary & collegiate level in both traditional and online settings. She holds a B.A., B.S., and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a master’s in education from Kaplan University.
Meet blogger #4, Jessica Sullivan
Jessica is a certified history instructor with K12 International Academy. She earned her B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009. After graduation, she taught for three years in public schools in North Carolina before working in virtual education. While teaching in North Carolina, she received her certification to teach Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement European History Jessica has also taught a variety of other courses in her teaching experience including United States History, Civics and Economics, World History, and Sociology. When not teaching, Jessica loves to visit historical locations to explore and learn new information that she can incorporate into her virtual classroom. She hopes to inspire a passion for history in all of her students.
Meet blogger #5, Vicky Creasy
Vicky Creasy is a 4th year teacher at the International Academy. She teaches the programming courses for the school, leads the programming club, and leads the technology national professional development sessions. She loves having students for multiple courses and building relationships with them while encouraging lifelong programming careers. This past December, Vicky graduated with her doctoral degree and achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Vicky has presented at several state and national conferences, including ISTE this past summer in Philadelphia. Although she immerses herself in educational technology, she does enjoy time with her three kids and her husband of 15 years. Her son just started middle school and is beginning to get the programming bug. Her family has just begun to get active in horseback riding and has added two horses this summer to their family.
Meet blogger #6, Lindsay Sublett
Lindsay Sublett is an instructor in the high school history department and teaches a variety of history courses including US History, Anthropology, and General and Advanced Placement Psychology. Due to the close interaction with her students within the psychology courses, Lindsay has gained a unique understanding of the average high school student's experience. This has led to the creation of a series of sessions related to stress and time management, tips to success in online schooling, and test anxiety management and prevention. Along with fellow high school history teacher, Kris Hawk, Lindsay is beginning a Wellness Club to assist middle and high school students with the stresses and strains that typically accompany life for the adolescent today. Lindsay plans to share the material discussed in club sessions at www.tplawclubblog.wordpress.com.