Over the past couple of years I have worked in K-1 and 1-2 multiage classroom settings. I also have three years experience teaching first grade, four years teaching second grade and one PreK year. I have been a K-2 Lead Teacher for five years. I have also been a Core Knowledge Curriculum Coordinator. I currently work as an elementary instructional coach - teaching teachers how to teach!
I feel teaching presentation and style must match the classroom dynamics and age level. Since I work with little ones, I prefer to do a lot of hands-on activities that break concepts down into simple manageable chunks and make learning fun. In my classroom, we get out of our chairs, laugh, sing, dance, work/talk in teams, maintain consistency, and drill the basics.
I have been awarded teacher of the month twice at my charter school and have received Model Classroom status from Reading Renaissance for two years. I have been nominated for a Disney Teacher award and won a Target Teacher Scholarship. But best of all....I get hugs and smiles from my students everyday!
I have a Master's in Curriculum Instruction from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and Bachelor of Arts in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. I hold professional teaching licenses in Colorado and Wisconsin. I am currently working toward my ESL license.
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