I have 10 years of teaching experience in the elementary grades, and 8 years as a parent. I'm passionate about creating products that combine what I know about education from both perspectives. Before staying home with my three young boys, I taught grades 3-6. I also subbed in grades K-12. I currently blog at www.smalltypes.com, where I exercise my "teacher brain" by sharing tips for parents to help them create a print-rich home. I keep up with best practices through continuing education; I volunteer in my sons' classrooms; and like most parents, I do plenty of after-school teaching to support my own kids' learning at home.
Strong home/school partnerships are essential in order for our students to succeed. My main goal on Teachers Pay Teachers is to provide products that help teachers build connections with parents; and to create resources for parents who want meaningful ways to extend learning at home.
I've led various district staff development training sessions on differentiation during Guided Reading, word work strategies and inquiry based science. I've trained staff on Step Up to Writing and Handwriting Without Tears programs. I was also a presenter and demonstration teacher for my district's new teacher induction program.
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education (Area of Concentration: Science and Environmental Studies) Masters: Educational Technology.