The Full Story
It all started when I was 6 years old, and I begged my parents to buy me a whiteboard so I could play “teacher” in my room with my stuffed animals. Ever since I was a little girl, I admired my teachers and being one myself was all I ever dreamed of. Fast forward to high school, I was sitting in my Health class when I couldn't help but think about how dated the material was. I liked what we were learning about, but could not get past the textbook images from the 1980s, the boring fill-in-the-blank worksheets, and bland teacher lectures. I mean come on!!! Health class is where we talk about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll; okay not exactly, but why am I taking Cornell notes on how to put a condom on?!
Throughout my undergraduate experience, credential program, student-teaching, and master’s education, I continued to see archaic health content that was just straight up boring. Almost every time a well-meaning, seasoned teacher passed along their resources for me to use, I caught myself gasping with disbelief that this is what they are actually showing to their students. It was nearly identical to the same work I goffed at 12 years ago when I was in high school.
This is where Not Your Mama’s Health Teacher was born. I could not fathom using one more obsolescent PowerPoint, assignment, or performance task. So, I took it upon myself to create contemporary health and nutrition content that is current-generation approved. My digital resources are eye-catching, interactive, GIF-filled, cutting-edge, but more importantly standards based.
I love the quote by Seth Godin, “Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” As a next generation health educator, it is my responsibility to contribute to my field by sharing my student-friendly resources with others.
Outside of the classroom I am a churchgoer, a wife, a dog mama, a life-long learner, and a lover of sports and fitness. Practicing what you preach (or teach) is a mantra that I live by. I want nothing more than for my students to know what it means and to have the skills to live a healthy and fulfilling life; and I hope with the resources I have created, you can do the same!
Master of Arts (M.A.) Curriculum Design and Instruction - Vanguard University of Southern California.
Single Subject Teaching Credential Health Science - Vanguard University of Southern California.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Psychology - Vanguard University of Southern California.