I began teaching high school Social Studies in the Chicagoland area upon my graduation from Illinois State University in 2007. I currently teach A.P. U.S. History and American Law. Other courses I have taught over the course of my career include: Integrated Social Science, Human Geography, U.S. History.
I use a Power Point Presentation every single day and thought my presentations would be great to share on this site! My presentations begin with a slide stating the Learning Target(s) of the lesson, as well as corresponding vocabulary terms and the day's agenda. Now that my students have iPads where they can access materials electronically, especially in my A.P. U.S. History class, I have gotten into the habit of creating two presentations for each lesson - one for me to present to the students (this one has more information in it) and a second one for my students to download and follow along with (this one has blanks embedded within it). I would describe my typical lesson as discussion-based, interrupted with a short activity, video clip, or soundbite. All parts of the lesson are displayed in the corresponding Power Point Presentation.
Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year Nominee. 2018 VFW Teacher of the Year Nominee. 2017 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel: Teacher of the Year Nominee. 2017 Graduation name-reader. 2014 District Outstanding Contributor to Education. 2014 Lawrence W. McBride Outstanding Student Teacher Finalist. 2007 Distinguished Teacher Portfolio. 2007
Concordia University, M.A. in Educational Technology: Curriculum and Instruction. Present Concordia University, M.A. in School Leadership. 2013 National Louis University, M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies. 2011 Illinois State University, B.A. in History Education. 2007
Over the course of my career, I have done a lot of work with staff development. Because of my work in this area, I am confident that my lesson plans are well-designed, as the target for each day aligns with my long-term course objectives and summative assessments.