I started my teaching in a public high school in Japan. There I experienced again what it was like not to be able to read or write the language. I've taken that experience and taught in PreKindergarten and now Kindergarten. I love early childhood and am passionate about laying a solid foundation for my students to build on for the rest of their lives.
I strive to buid independent learners. I do that by using the gradual release model of teaching. I begin the year with a lot of modeling and whole group teaching, then we move to small groups and I am a facilitator, finally we move to more independent learning and I am the coach. As a coach I cheer them on and give them guidance when they need it to refine their skills.
2012 Golden Apple Nominee
I have a BA in Elementary Education and my Masters in Reading Instruction. I also have certificates in early childhood education and a reading specialist.
I live in Illinois with my husband and beautiful baby girl. :)