I have taught grades 2-5, and elementary art for grades k-6 in private and public schools, inner city and suburban settings. I have been a public school teacher for 26 years, focusing on grades 3-5. I am currently a 4th grade teacher.
My style encourages leadership in my students. My classroom is run in the style of "Mini-Society", with students playing a major role in decision making and assuming responsibility for their own learning. I enjoy combining art with all subjects whenever possible. I am excited right now about using Daily Five and Interactive Notebooks with my students.
I was the Farmington Public Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1998, and also the WDIV/Newsweek Oakland County, Michigan's Elementary Educator of the Year in 1998. In 1999, I was a nominee for the Disney Teaching Awards. I was selected as The Great Lake Scholars Teacher of the Year in 2008. This honor is awarded to one teacher fom the Great Lakes Region including Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. I have been trained as an INTEL Teach to the Future teacher trainer, and have been a frequent presenter at Michigan Reading Association and Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning conferences. I was also a member of the first cohort group in the Galileo Leadership Academy of Michigan.
I earned both BA and MAT degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
I am married, and have two daughters, and four amazing grandchildren! Follow my blog: http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowCityLearning Join me on Pinterest:http://pinterest.com/rdlondon/rainbow-city-learning-products/
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Math, Measurement, Science, Astronomy, Social Studies - History, Civics, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Cooking, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Engineering