I have PreK-6th grade experience. I started my teaching adventure by accident. My major was business and electronic commerce, but I started working part-time at a preschool during college. That job made me realize what I was truly meant to do! This fall I will begin teaching 6th grade. However, in the past I have taught Kindergarten, Reading Recovery, Title I math and reading, 5th grade inclusion special education, and a multi-grade classroom of ELL students. I was also the overseer of my first school's special education department. I also teach Asian students during the evenings, weekends, and summer. Using Skype and other online tools, I have taught students from age 6-20. It has been an interesting experience! http://www.eleutian.com/qualify/registers/welcome
My teaching style varies depending on the students in front of me. I try to use a lot of visuals, differentiated instruction, and centers whenever possible. My colleagues often joke that I have a work hard, play hard attitude. I'm the type who expects a lot of hard work from my students, but I will be the first to recognize that hard work and find a fun way to incorporate play into our day.
The South Dakota Department of Education chose me to attend a national standard setting committee in New Jersey in February 2011. A panel of roughly 20 experts helped determine the new cut off scores for the next PLT Praxis exam. It was an honor to be chosen!
I graduated from undergraduate school in May 2007. After graduation I received a teacher certificate in Elementary and K-8 Special Education. I have a minor in Reading and Kindergarten education. I also have endorsements to teach Middle School Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Science. I can coach any sport in elementary and middle school and have a varsity basketball endorsement. Finally, I have a K-12 technology endorsement. In May 2009 I graduated with a K-12 Educational Administration degree. I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher. During the summer of 2010, I took certification coursework to become a Reading Specialist in the state of South Dakota. I plan to start my doctorate in Reading soon!
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