This is my 9th year teaching 5th grade. I spent my first year teaching in Florida, but a move to Georgia has seen me spend my last 8 years in Houston County at Quail Run Elementary School.
My classroom is structured closest to a workshop model. However, it is often hard to pull 29 students to the carpet for a mini-lesson, so the model is a bit different. I feel my students learn best when I go through the process with them; therefore, when they write a narrative, expository, persuasive, or poetic piece, I do too...and not a piece that I use every single year, again and again. I like to model everything elaborately, and I constantly bring fresh ideas to my classroom to push my students as far as I can!
I was named teacher of the year for the 2008-2009 school year.
I received my undergrad from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I earned my MEd. in Accomplished Teaching from Georgia Southern University in December of 2011. I am currently working on my specialist degree from Piedmont College, which will be completed by December 2015.
We are so thankful for the family God has given us. Stacey, my wife, is absolutely stunning and is my best friend. She is responsible for the design of our Teachers Pay Teachers products. My almost-7-year-old, Sadie, keeps us smiling and busy. She is so energetic, beautiful and loves art, dance and gymnastics. Our 3 year old son, Finn, is one happy, energetic, entertaining little guy. It's hard to find time for personal hobbies, but I do like to play golf and fish when I get a minute or two; however, my favorite thing to do is yell at the Atlanta Braves on Sports South as often as I can.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Health, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Valentine's Day