I have been teaching for thirteen years - nine in grade 2, and four in grade 1. Prior to that I worked in telecommunications.
I am a visual learner, so I tend to teach that way. I frequently draw to illustrate whatever concept I'm trying to present. I believe movement is important (especially with the little ones). I try to get them up and moving as much as possible. Keeping first graders engaged and learning every minute of the school day is hard work! It takes a lot of prep, energy, and patience. I try to utilize a lot of competitions, challenges, and fun game-like activities. I try to limit worksheets unless there's an accompanying activity.
Well, I've received several awards for my artwork, and got to have lunch with the governor at the statehouse once for a paper I wrote...does that count? haha
My undergrad degree is in fine arts (illustration/graphic design), and I hold a Master's in Ed./Reading. Creativity is a tremendous asset when it comes to teaching, and my artsy background has served me well!
I am married to a fantastic guy and have two amazing children - both in college. My oldest is an engineering major and his sister is an international business major. I also have a little white schnoodle named Samantha. She's a love.