I've began teaching in 1998. I've taught K-5. Most of my time was spent in 1st and 2nd grade. I especially loved teaching reading and phonics so I became a trainer. I spent some summers traveling and training teachers to teach Success for All and FUNdation Reading programs. This year I have the opportunity to teach mostly 5th grade math. It's a big change that I requested. I love departmentalizing and being able to teach math 3 times a day. I have been a member of my school's leadership team for many years. I am also a BTSA Support Provider for new teachers at our school.
I believe all students can learn. I focus on having challenging yet obtainable goals and a positive classroom environment.
I have had the honor of being nominated as teacher of the year for the district.
I have a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. I received my Multiple Subject CLAD Credential from CalStateTEACH. I continue to seek professional development whenever the opportunity arises.
Check out my blog for freebies and ideas: http://surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com