"I grew up as the eldest of nine siblings and have always enjoyed being around children,” said Ms. Crooks. “My parents taught me the values of being a lifelong learner, giving back to the community, and leading through example.
In high school, I was the president of a group called Teens Who Care. We performed acts of kindness in our community, working with the elderly, hospitalized children, as well as mentally and physically challenged youth and adults. This experience prompted me to further this mission of service as the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) advisor for SCCA. The goal of NJHS is to increase community awareness of important local and world issues. Our members research issues and pitch their reasons for a need for community awareness in our LiveLesson® session meeting room. Students are taught to use critical thinking skills throughout the process. I am fortunate to be part of this wonderful honor society.
Our faculty work together to ensure that we apply best practices to our teaching. Students are taught strategies to help them develop strong writing skills. We work to apply these writing strategies across the curriculum. As a member of the National Writing Project and Upstate Writing Project, I have participated in presentations and scoring conferences across the nation, learning from the top tier of writing instructors. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the written word with my students.