I have over ten years teaching experience at the Elementary and Middle School Levels. Over the last ten years, I have worked in a team setting and particularly enjoyed collaborating with other educators to develop projects and hands on interactive lessons. Using the Backwards Design, we were able to create an entire integrated curriculum in social studies and English Language Arts to meet the state standards and make learning fun. I am a firm believer in Project Based Learning and hands on activities. I believe that its essential that students take responsibility for their own learning. In a classroom where students actively solve real problems by asking questions, collaborating, and figuring out viable solutions, the students get to take the initiative in the learning process. By taking risks, learning from their own mistakes, and creating authentic projects, students learn how to think critically as well as learning content matter.
I believe in instilling a passion for lifetime learning into my students. One way I introduce this passion is by being a model lifetime learner for my students. We live in an ever-changing world. Teacher-student interaction centers on assisting students in their personal journey through learning. This philosophy goes hand-in-hand with the teacher as facilitator approach to teaching. It also embraces the idea that each student is an individual with his or her own special needs.
Skill Highlights: Smartboard Training & Curriculum Development SRA McGraw-Hill Open Court Reading Series Backwards Design 6 + 1 Writing Traits BB Classroom Management Skills Critical Thinking & Curriculum Develop PBIS-Character Education Development Program Professional Learning Communities (PLC's) Smart Goals Development & Design RTI Intervention Management Student Led Portfolios Leader Intel Teach to the Future Program Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher Agent of change for Technology across the curriculum
Master's in Educational Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and Associate of Arts in English and Business.
Leader of a district-wide character education program while implementing new technology including video production & TV production for grades 5-8. Leader of a school wide creation and development of Student-Led Portfolios for Parent Teacher Conferences.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Numbers, Science, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Government, U.S. History, European History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Computer Science - Technology, History, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Archaeology, Character Education, Instructional Technology, General Science, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year