I have taught for 36 years at the 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade levels. Fifth grade is my first love. I teach all major subject areas. In addition to my regular classroom duties, I have taught in a Basic Skills summer school program for many years as well as taught workshops to co-workers in whole language and technology. My other duties at school include being "Teacher in Charge" and Student Council advisor.
I try very hard to make learning fun for my students each and every day of the school year. It is my goal to use a variety of techniques to reach every learning style of my students. Motivation is the name of the game for I feel that the more children like school, the more they will learn. I try to be resourceful in utilizing a wide variety of techniques to reach every student. Creating games and using manipulatives are both priorities in my classroom.
I was the first teacher chosen at my school for the Governor's Teacher Recognition Award. I am a published poet. I received an A+ for Teachers award and grant. I was selected as a Woman of the Year in my county. I get selected by a former student every year to attend a "Teacher Appreciation Tea". I am also a multiple nominee of "Who's Who Among American Teachers". I am currently in the process of getting a book of poetry published. During the 2009-1010 school year, I was selected as "Teacher of the Year" for my school district. I am especially honored because it is the first year in which our district has participated in this award.
I received a B.A. in elementary education as well as an M.A. in the same. I have always tried to take courses to keep me abreast of the latest educational trends. I also have 30 additional credits beyond my Masters degree in various subject areas.
I am the mother of two wonderful adults as well as the grandmother of five equally wonderful grandchildren which include not one, but two sets of twins. I hail from the state of Maryland originally where most of my family still resides. I currently live with my husband in the state of New Jersey where I am an avid poetry writer, shopper, and political fanatic.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Music, Physical Education, Computer Science - Technology, Career and Technical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Religion, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Character Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Word Problems, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing