I made a big jump from high school social studies to first grade, and am never turning back! I love to incorporate games to practice skills, technology, and breaking the skills down to help students feel successful. Previously taught two years of 9th grade world geography in Texas! I loved it, and especially loved writing lessons. I hope to continue to do so while I figure out whether I will stick with the littles or go back to high school for my career :) I had student teaching experience in both world history and AP government. Prior to teaching, I interned for a year at the Texas Capital for a state senator, and upon graduating from college, I worked for three years for a U.S. senator.
I'm passionate about tweaking materials to best serve my students. Exit and entry tickets, stop and think time, and talking with students in small group settings helps me grow the most. I love incorporating games, checks throughout units rather than a review at the end of a unit, and inspiring students to think about their future and place in the world!
Catholic Work of Heart Award - April 2016 as 1st Grade Teacher World Geography Team Lead Received grant to attend SMU's Simmons School of Education for my M.Ed which covered about 75% of my graduate school costs.
I am a proud Texas Longhorn where I received my B.A. in Government. I later received my M.Ed from SMU.
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English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Economics , Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Summer, For Administrators, Test Preparation, Engineering, Phonics