I have spent 5 years in 5th grade, 5 years in 3rd grade, and 2 years in kindergarten. I love it all! This year, I am blessed to be home with my two sweet kids - one of which started kindergarten this year! It's been such a treat to be on this side of the classroom - volunteering, making lunches, driving carpool, and exploring BOB books with my own beginning reader. What a blessing!
School should be fun (!), engaging, and appropriately challenging for each student. I like hands-on learning with a focus on the Common Core Standards and the integration of curriculum. Students in my class work in groups, in partnerships, and independently.
Hmmm... shining teacher moment? Every time I say goodbye for winter/spring break, and a student says, "Aww.. I don't want to have a break! I love school!" So sweet.
I graduated from Western Washington University in 2002 with a BA in Elementary Education. In 2007 I went back to school and earned a Masters in Reading and Literacy. I am also a Reading Specialist.
This fall, my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage! We are the blessed parents of Eliana (5) and Benjamin (3). Our family loves being outside, playing together, and date nights ..... well, we love those more than they do :) At the Garcia house, we love all things holiday and strive to make each season special!
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Autumn, Mental Math, St. Patrick's Day