This is my ninth year teaching, although I don't know where the time has gone! I've taught in both 4th and 5th grade self-contained classrooms in private, Catholic schools, but have worked as a student teacher in public schools, too. In addition, I've worked as a tutor for students ages 5-17 in both language arts and math. I also have taught fifth grade Catholic Faith Formation. I love teaching and can't imagine myself in any other profession!
While I create my lessons around state standards, I always think to myself when forming a lesson, "will the kids enjoy this?" While I'm not naive and realize that learning can't be fun ALL the time, I do aim to create a learning atmosphere that is engaging and interesting for the students to learn by using multiple teaching strategies to reach and teach each learner. I do this with a lot of games to reinforce concepts, humor in the SMART board lessons I create and post-it notes next to my bed when I have a brainstorm at 3am. My students are 10 and 11, so they are more than happy to provide constant and immediate feedback for both lessons they've enjoyed and those that need to go in the Mrs. F. archives of lessons which bombed. I love what I do and try to transfer that energy to my teaching because if I don't enjoy doing what I do, they kids won't enjoy learning what I teach!
Distinguished Graduate 2012
After volunteering as a teacher at my church for Sunday School when I was a teenager, I fell in love with teaching and went on to earn a BA in Elementary Education from University of Portland. A couple years ago, I earned my Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University. Concurrently I received my Professional Certification for the state of Washington. While I'm taking a break from degrees right now, it is definitely not the end of the road for me and I enjoy taking at least one online class a year for professional development.
I always think anything I may put here will sound cheesy, but I will try! I'm married to a great guy who patiently accepts my passion for teaching...even when I'm on a break from school. We have no kids of our own yet but I joke that it's due to my dedication to the 31 "kids" I'm already taking care of. My husband is a student himself going back for another bachelor's degree full time and we look forward to a day when life is a little less hectic...I guess that's when when we'll know it's time to start having kids of our own!