Denise is a veteran teacher with 25 years experience in both private and public education, most recently at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School. There she taught all levels of Honors English and a variety of electives, as well as developing both the Creative Writing program and a capstone writing seminar for seniors. She also served students as department chair, National Honor Society sponsor, class sponsor, and graduation coordinator. As a homeschooling parent she taught her own daughter through late elementary school, and since then has worked with homeschooled students as a tutor and mentor in the college application process.
Since the dream jobs of being Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Brontë, or F. Scott Fitzgerald were already taken, I chose instead to become a teacher and to pour my love of words and writing and story into my students. My goal has always been to model for them the personal growth to be gained from reading a good story well-told, the academic value of knowing how to write analytically, and the creative worlds available to anyone who knows to honor the transformative power of words. I find the New Testament’s opening regarding the relationship between God and the Word to be both deeply moving and powerfully symbolic, and I continue to marvel at the deep, golden threads of Biblical truth running through literature’s great classics. God, indeed, is the Word, and Jesus is his Story we are compelled and graciously privileged to follow.