I have been teaching for six years and during that time have taught K, 1st, and 2nd grade and am currently in my 3rd year of teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science. My previous career was in architectural and interior design and I bring that love of good design and form follows function to all that I do in education. I am currently working on a Masters in Science Education and hold a K-12 Reading Endorsement.
I love learning through inquiry and exploration. I use the 5 "e" instructional model in my classroom: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. I use both the Arizona State Science Standards, NGSS, and Common Core in my classroom and the framework for my lesson plans and units.
My greatest award is the success of my students! I love working with kids and nurturing their self-esteem and achievement.
I am a K-8 certified teacher with a Reading Specialist endorsement. I am currently working on a Masters in Science Education. I have a Bachelor's in Architectural Design from Arizona State University and was an architectural and interior designer for 20 years. I went back to school in 2008 to become credentialed in K-8 elementary education and have never looked back! My husband, an architect, joined me in the teaching world as a 6th-8th grade Math teacher 3 years ago and we both love teaching.
I am the wife of an amazing husband that I am proud to be married to for 26 years and have two wonderful children, an 8th grade girl and a 5th grade boy. I teach at an A-rated K-8 school that is very family focused and I am so very fortunate to be at the same school as my children. In my spare time I love creating, reading, and spending time trying to keep up with my very active family.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Visual Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, Early Intervention, Phonics