I've taught multiple grades in a variety of schools - from extremely high-performing gifted students to low income, non-AYP schools. I'm certified 1-6 and have interned in 1st and 4th, but taught in all the others. My favorite grade is 3rd. I have also taught in three different charter schools as well as traditional public schools. I worked at the Kennedy Space Center as part of a Summer Industrial Fellowship for Teachers. During that time I shadowed college students from around the world who worked with NASA and government contract employees. During this time, I developed many lesson plans for Dynamac Corporation and NASA and my own personal use. I also am a founding board member for one of the most successful charter schools in our county and assisted in writing two additional charters. I'm currently a stay-at-home mom, striving to continue my educational work while raising two children. I still hold a valid teaching certificate and plan to return to work when my children are older. Prior to my educational endeavors, I wrote service repairs in the automotive industry, was an office/store supervisor, and an associate managing editor for a daily newspaper. I have also worked on my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and a second Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems.
I enjoy thematic teaching that reaches multiple intelligences. I like engaging activities that promote student inquiry and hands-on group activities. I often have students work in small groups, but in a structured environment. I do give students opportunities to evaluate decisions they have made regarding their behavior and I always allow students to take some time to compose themselves, should they need to do so. I provide a safe learning environment. I like students to show their knowledge in a variety of ways but also expect that they can transfer their understanding to a standardized test as well.
Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Highest possible ratings on instructional performance for multiple years of work. Piloted "Classroom of the Future" in two different schools, showcasing some of the newer technology at the time, including Smartboards and E-Instruction remote controls. Nominated for Brevard Science Advisory Council's Exemplary Science Teacher Award Brevard Public School's Award of Excellence Selected for the NASA/UCF Aerospace Institute
University of Central Florida - several classes towards Master's in Educational Leadership Rollin's College - several classes toward 2nd Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems University of Central Florida - Bachelor's of Science, Elementary Education
I am happily teaching 3rd grade after staying home for 6 years to raise two awesome little ones at home. My children are soon to be 5 and 7 and I have a fabulous team at a Title One school in Florida.