I have been teaching for 17 years, and have loved every minute of it! Most of my years of teaching have been in 6th grade, but I have taught all levels of learners, SDC, RSP, at-risk, regular education, and gifted and talented. I currently teach a 5th/6th grade GATE blend and just love it! Challenging students to think deeply is my passion!
I taught with project based learning before it was the new buzzword! I love coming up with creative projects that challenge my learners, and promote deeper learning. All of my units are common core aligned for grades 4 thru 8, and all promote problem solving, critical thinking, and cooperation.
Orange County Technology Teacher of the Year 2006, CUE Student Technology Showcase 2004, 2006, 2008, ISTE Student Technology Showcase 2006 and 2012
California State University at Fullerton - graduated 1980, Whittier College Teacher Credentialing Program and Masters Degree - graduated 1998, University of California Irvine - GATE Credential - 2012
I really love technology and what it adds to the classroom. I think that it is critical that we teach students to use these tools effectively, never to use technology for the sake of technology.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Geometry, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Geography (k-12), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature, Character Education, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, For All Subjects, Informational Text