In the course of my 17 year teaching career, I have had the opportunity and privilege to teach in many different settings and at many different grade levels. I started my career as a basic skills math teacher for grades 1-4, taught second grade for several years in an open classroom, and have also been a kindergarten, first, and third grade teacher in a regular classroom. I am currently the Gifted and Talented teacher for all third graders in my district, and provide push-in enrichment lessons (with a STEM focus) for 40 second and third grade homerooms each month. Outside of the classroom, I have freelanced for The Education Center (publishers of The Mailbox Magazine) for 18 years.
In a word, my teaching style is interactive! I almost never use text books, and believe that children learn best when they DO.
My "shining teacher moments" are not in the honors and awards I have received, but in the lightbulb moments, notes of gratitude from parents, and visits from former students. All of the certificates and commendations in the world can never outshine those. :)
I completed my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and English from Gordon College. (Wenham, Massachusetts) In spring of 2016, I also earned my Masters Degree in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education from Arkansas State University.
In addition to being a teacher, I am the mom to two tweens. (Feel free to pray for me!) They are the source of my greatest joy (and at times, my greatest frustration!) I also have a mini schnauzer who is smarter than any dog should be, and a husband who is the love of my life and also my colleague.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Measurement, Science, Environment, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Computer Science - Technology, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature, Problem Solving, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Engineering