I love teaching and have taught for the past 16 years. I began my career teaching music and didn't think I could ever love anything as much until I began teaching Kindergarten and then that became my new passion. My husband is a pastor and as a result of our ministry we have done the "tour of Texas" as we like to call it. In other words we have lived in DFW, Laredo, Houston and are now back in the DFW area but not before doing a little hop up to Michigan for 2 years! During all that "gypsy travel" as my family likes to call it I have taught music for 6 years, Kindergarten for 8 years and also taught 1 year of 2nd grade and 1 year of 6th grade.
I love to incorporate music, movement and technology into my daily teaching. I often joke that by 9am each day the kids and I have put on a broadway show with all of our songs and dances to teach our calendar and letter concepts. I also use a great deal of technology to both augment our group learning and provide opportunities for students to engage in small group and individual practice. I have high standards for both myself and my students. We work hard and have fun doing it! I believe that a caring community coupled with a high level of respect is essential for us to reach and exceed our goals. My kids and I work hard at establishing and maintaining that community in our classroom.
2011 Campus Teacher of the Year, Birdville ISD 2009 Creator/Director of School Wide "Lunch Buddy" teacher volunteer program in Niles Michigan. Through this program teachers mentor at risk students once or twice a month, building relationships and becoming role models to children from different grades on campus. 2001 Trustee's Merit Award, Keller ISD 2001 Abitii Recycling Award Winner, Keller ISD 2001 Creator/Director of School Wide "Disability Awareness Day" 2000 Teacher of the Year, Keller ISD 2000 Classroom Innovation Award Recipient, Keller ISD
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with a Minor in Child Pyschology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I love to learn and am always signing up for additional learning opportunities. I plan to begin my Masters degree in the next year.
I love any opportunity to be creative - whether it be playing the piano, scrapbooking, designing cards, creating elaborate doodles on scraps of paper, you name it! I also love to travel, ride my bike, go for long walks, and generally be outdoors! I have been blessed with great friends in my life and I love spending time hanging out with them enjoy the simple things in life!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Foreign Language, Spanish, EFL - ESL - ELD, Geography, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, Phonics