I’m Beverly Noland Ozburn and my experience as a professional educator began in 1994 right here in Williamson County when I became a paraprofessional at Page High School. I worked there until 2003 when I graduated with my M.Ed. in Reading and went to Bedford County where I worked as a classroom reading teacher. Following that, I was a middle school language arts/reading/writing teacher in Rutherford County for four years. I have served as a Co-Director for the local National Writing Project site and as an adjunct professor at Columbia State Community College. I have served as a consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Electronic Learning Center and for Scholastic, Inc. I am lucky enough to be a presenter/facilitator of professional development for National Council for Teachers of English, National Writing Project, Tennessee Educational Technology Conference, Tennessee Association of Middle Schools, Maury County Schools, Metro-Nashville Public Schools, and Wilson County Schools.
My education includes a B.S. in Agriculture from The University of Tennessee. I earned a certification to teach secondary English and a M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University.
My introduction to the world of education began when I was five-years-old and my sister was born. I was in first grade and became her teacher as soon as she learned to focus her attention on me for even a brief moment. Oh, the things she learned! I’m sure my mother was thrilled at times. Later, I was the first teacher to guide my two children. If I knew then what I know now… Today I have the joy of learning from our five granddaughters and three grandsons. I know that there are also times when I teach them unintentionally because my daughter has chastised me for things they repeated after visiting with my husband and me!
As a lifelong learner, I am always absorbing, borrowing, and stealing from the folks around me. As a teacher, I’m glad to share those ideas and that knowledge with others. Each day I look forward to working with teachers integrating technology into their instruction and can be contacted at 615-472-4099 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I also share some ideas on Twitter @wcsCObno