This is my 6th year teaching 5th grade. I spent my first year teaching in Florida, but a move to Georgia has seen me spend my last five years in Houston County at Quail Run Elementary School. I love it there and see myself in that setting for a while.
My classroom is structured closest to a workshop model. However, it is often hard to pull 26 students to the carpet for a mini-lesson, so the model is a bit different. I feel my students learn best when I go through the process with them; therefore, when they write a narrative, expository, persuasive, or poetic piece, I do too...and not a piece that I use every single year, again and again. I like to model everything elaborately, and I constantly bring fresh ideas to my classroom to push my students as far as I can!
I was named teacher of the year for the 2008 2009 school year.
I received my undergrad from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I earned my MEd. in Accomplished Teaching from Georgia Southern University in December of 2011. I plan to start working on my specialist degree within the year.
I have an incredible family, and I am so thankful for them. My wife, Stacey, is absolutely stunning and is my best friend. My almost-4-year-old, Sadie, keeps me smiling and busy. She is so energetic and also beautiful. My son, Finn, is 3-months old, and he is my happy, little buddy. They are all so precious to me! It's hard to find time for personal hobbies, but I do like to play golf and fish when I get a minute or two; however, my favorite thing to do is yell at the Atlanta Braves on Sports South as often as I can.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Health, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Valentine's Day