I graduated cum laude from Michigan State University in 2007 where I received a B.A. in English with a Secondary Education focus. Following graduation, I took a year-long student teaching internship at North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan in order to receive my teaching certificate. In 2008, I was hired by the Kern High School District and moved to Bakersfield, California to become a faculty member of the newly built Mira Monte High School. At the new school, I had the opportunity to develop and to create curriculum at the ninth and eleventh grade levels for English Language Arts. I was a PLC (professional learning community) leader responsible for facilitating weekly collaborative meetings with colleagues. American Literature has come to be my specialty. I also create many of the instructional materials I utilize in my classroom. Many of my creative projects, research assignments, and assessments are available on TeachersPayTeachers.com where I maintain a 3.9/4 customer satisfaction rating.
I have 8 years of classroom experience. Additionally, I have 7 years of head coaching experience with the varsity swim team. I was responsible for starting the swim program at Mira Monte High School in spring 2011. I have stepped away from the classroom for year-long sabbaticals on two separate occasions. During this time, my main focus has been writing and building up a body of screenwriting work. As the URL and title of this blog suggests, I love film. I have seen many of them. I have written a few. None of them have been put into production. Yet. I am a writer of mostly lower budget, indie-minded, character-driven screenplays. Dynamic and well-rounded female characters often serve as my protagonists, though I try to construct strong characters and strong relationships in all of my stories.
My screenwriting strengths include world building and character development. My dialogue is often praised for its restrained, naturalistic quality. I create three-dimensional female characters, and I write stories that appeal to a female, as well as male, audience. It is my firm belief that women, not men, drive the box office in the 21st century, but it is important to create stories that have universal thematic appeal. As great and successful as some franchises and remakes have been, I believe audiences still long for unique, never-before-seen stories that are equal parts fresh and familiar.