I have been an upper elementary and middle school teacher for over 30 years and have loved every minute of it. For me, student engagement, quality content material, and academic rigor are the keys to a successful classroom for both students and teacher.
I model my lessons on the idea that, more than ever in today's world, the focus and direction has to change in the class on a regular basis. Kids need to work hard, but it has to be work they enjoy doing AND that teaches them what they need to be successful. The world is changing and ways of learning are too, and we as teachers have to change with it.
The greatest honor any teacher can have is when an adult comes to them and says: "You were my teacher when I was a child and you influenced my life for the better." After 30 years in the same school district that is happening more each year and I love it!
BA, Political Science. Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials K-12. MA, Humanities
I've been a lot of things in my life, but the thing I am most proud of is being good father who has been there for his children every day of their lives.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Biology, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, Foreign Language, French, Spanish, Latin, German, Other (Foreign Language), Arts & Music, Computer Science - Technology, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Other (Specialty), Religion, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Religion, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Arabic, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Cooking, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Black History Month, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text