Living in the Layers

Writing and revising my transformations as a literacy teacher


Welcome to my blog!  As of June 1, 2022, I am a retired educator from Georgia public schools on “pause” until later this fall.   I most recently was an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in Gainesville, Georgia.  buffy-meI have thirty years of experience in public education, and I am passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for learners of all ages.   My interests include literacy learning experiences, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, and writing literacies.

In addition, I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, gardening, music, and poetry.  In addition to blogging here, I have previously blogged for DMLcentral.

My career path began with 20 years of service to the Cherokee County School District as an English teacher, technology specialist, and school librarian.  I moved to Cleveland, Ohio in January 2013 to serve as the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library.  When my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in late June 2013, I returned home to Georgia and resumed my career in Georgia public schools.  Since 2013,  I’ve served as a media specialist at Norcross High and Chattahoochee High, an 11th and 12th Language Arts teacher at Lanier High, Title I Writing teacher, and 8th grade Language Arts in north Georgia.

The content and opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone except myself, nor are they endorsed by anyone except myself.    Please visit my professional portfolio at, or you can learn more about me and my work here.

My Work on the Web:  Snapshots

Updated June 1, 2022

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