20 years teaching: 6 years in kindergarten; currently starting my 14th year in first grade with the 2012-2013 school year
hands-on, developmentally appropriate, child-centered, children have choices and ownership, creative, "outside-the-box" (not scripted programs!)
National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood 2000 - 2020; Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi Chapter member since March 1997
USC - Coastal Carolina College, 1991 B.A. Early Childhood Education; The Citadel, 1993 M. Ed. in Reading; Walden University, Ph. D Candidate 2014, PhD in Education - Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
Life is too short not to have fun at school! I'm finding the pressure to conform to a "cookie-cutter" classroom quite frustrating and I have professionally promised myself to keep creativity alive - for myself and my students! If it has loads of color, is full of cute, eye-catching characters, and makes learning more fun...I want to use it in my classroom!