My 20-plus years of teaching included 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades in Colorado, California, New Jersey, and Illinois. I've recently retired and now find myself as busy as ever! While I taught I loved creating meaningful and stimulating worksheets for my students, especially literature packets...but finding the time for it was always a challenge. Now I can spend a significant amount of time creating and publishing to help other teachers who are too busy teaching to have time to create as well!
My goal has always been that my students will feel welcome and safe in my classroom and will leave feeling inspired, energized, and valued.
My teaching awards have been the thank yous, hugs, and lasting friendships of the students and parents that I have had over the years!
B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. M.Ed. from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.
I grew up in Southern California: paradise in those days~especially Santa Barbara! I still love beaches and warm sunny skies. I have two children (Lindsey and Forrest), two step-children (Karen and Tod), and five grandchildren (Ben, Joey, Marissa, Erin, and Ryan). My husband, Jeff, and I live in the Rocky Mountains where we enjoy golf, cross country skiing, long walks, magnificent views, and reading. I am involved with raising funds for non-profits through my church community as well as P.E.O., a national organization that provides scholarships for women in need.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Civics, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Art History, Other (Social Studies - History), Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Tools for Common Core