I have 8 years of classroom teaching experience. I began my career in a fifth grade classroom and after 5 years, I moved to a fourth grade classroom teaching job at my alma mater, Festus School District. I then finished my master's degree in classroom teaching and received certification as a reading specialist at the same time. I spent a year training as a first grade reading recovery teacher and then taught one additional year of reading recovery and early literacy intervention groups at a school in St. Louis County, MO. I am now homeschooling my boys for preschool and planning to start my oldest son in a formal pre-k program in the fall.