I have 8 years of classroom teaching experience. I began my career in a fifth grade classroom and after 5 years, I moved to a fourth grade classroom teaching job at my alma mater, Festus School District. I then finished my master's degree in classroom teaching and received certification as a reading specialist at the same time. I spent a year training as a first grade reading recovery teacher and then taught one additional year of reading recovery and early literacy intervention groups at a school in St. Louis County, MO. I am now homeschooling my boys for preschool and planning to start my oldest son in a formal pre-k program in the fall.
Most of my best training occurred while training as a reading recovery teacher. My teaching style reflect that training. I teach children to read within the context of continuous text. Writing is an important part of early literacy learning. I strongly support a balanced approach to literacy learning. Learning should be hands-on, child centered, and follow a constructivist model.
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BSE Missouri Baptist University, Elementary Education 1-6 certification (MO). Master of Science in Classroom Teaching Missouri Baptist University Reading Specialist k-12 Certification(MO)
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Measurement, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Summer