AP Language and Composition | Sophomore English National Boards Certified Teacher 2010 Teachers United Director of Organizing                                           

AP Language and Composition | Sophomore English National Boards Certified Teacher 2010 Teachers United Director of Organizing                                           

Since the age of 15, I knew I wanted to work with young people and a career in education seemed the best way to accomplish this. After earning a BA in English from Biola University, I worked as a paraeducator in the Shelton School District. I pursued a Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and began my career as a Language Arts teacher in Kent School District. I later moved to Clover Park High School and then into Tacoma Public Schools. In 2010, I became a National Board Certified teacher in Adolescent/Young Adult English Language Arts.

This year, I head into my 11th year of teaching. As a teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, I am a proud member of #AbeNation.  I work with amazing students and some of the best teachers in the country including my husband, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling. 

Outside the classroom, I spend my time reading YA literature, blogging for Stories from School, supporting #educolor, and working as the Director of Organizing in Teachers United. 

 
 

I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer...
— bell hooks

 

It is easy to postulate theories, but theories mean nothing if they don't inform the way live.

This website and corresponding blog are an avenues to showcase what it means to be a teacher in today's world. I write about education policy, instruction, and how I try to make the world a better place.