I have taught English I in 9th grade. That was my first experience as a teacher. I stayed in that field for two years and then decided I should go to elementary so that I could be closer to my small children. I then was hired on as a third grade teacher, which I did for two years. Our principal had us loop with our groups the following year, which moved me to second so that I could travel with the group. There was a need for a fourth grade reading teacher, which I thought was the perfect job for me since I love literature! I taught there for two years. Then there was a need for a Media Specialist, so I decided I would get my Masters in Library Science, which is my current position.
My teaching style leans on structure that then allows for students creativity. I love to research the latest in reading comprehension and what other educators find useful to reach all of our students. I love to integrate technology and also any hands on projects that will help students grasp the concepts that are being introduced. I love to make learning fun and thought provoking, so I "leave the students hanging" many times, which creates an atmosphere of discovery and curiosity.
I have been awarded three grants from our educational grants board. I currently was awarded funding for an informational text study for our campus and am working on many other projects.
I am certified in English for grades 8-12th and EC-4 with a supplement in ESL education. I currently am working towards my Masters in Library Sciences.
I am wanting to help teachers incorporate more technology and foldables in their classroom activities. I absolutely love Dinah Zikes and all the innovative ideas she has shared with millions. I hope to use my reading background to help support teachers in the library setting and provide mini-lessons they can use as quick reviews or introduction.
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