I am extremely excited to join the Shortridge team as a Language Arts teacher!

I have been an educator for 20 years, though not always as a classroom teacher. I grew up in a small town in Virginia and attended college at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, where I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I taught for several years in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, eventually transitioning to a university to head the international studies department. In that capacity, I taught ESL, recruited for athletics, accompanied students traveling abroad for study, assisted multiple international high schools in implementing English curriculum, and I coordinated hosting an international forum that included student representatives from over 40 countries.

As fun as traveling every other week was, my passion for being in the classroom brought me back to teaching high school. I have recently completed all of the coursework for a doctorate and I’m now in the dissertation writing phase. I am the mother of a wonderful high-school-aged daughter and two adorable dogs who think they’re human. As of this year, we have made our home in Indianapolis and look forward to learning all about it. When I’m not involved with school, I enjoy gardening, cooking, the theatre, musicals, visiting museums, watching documentaries, and visiting the beach. I love traveling and I have visited 16 countries, to date.

As a teacher, I aim to foster positive relationships, engender a sense of humanity that is the fabric of the standards we develop for society, and to facilitate perspectives that contribute to students becoming the responsible and globally minded leaders of our future.

Email: brooks-deatonc@myips.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D./ABD), Carson-Newman University

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Lincoln Memorial University

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Lincoln Memorial University