I am currently in my 17th year of teaching and my 6th year at first grade. I love teaching! Everyday is a new experience that teaches me just as much as I teach my students if not more.
I teach in small groups as much as possible. I love centers. I believe that manipulatives not only engage students but allow them to understand topics at a deeper level. I also believe that positive encouragement can be your greatest power in the classroom.
Walmart Teacher of the Year
I graduated with my BA from the University of Northern CO in 2000 with a major in elementary education with an emphasis in mathematics. I received my masters from Walden University in 2009 with a degree in math.
I am a mother of two! I love being a mom. I was lucky enough to get to work part-time for seven years while I stayed home part-time with my babies. My children are now in third grade and first grade so I am full-time again as well. Being a mom is the best job and teaching is a close second! :) I am also blessed to be married to my best friend and soul mate. I also have a blog. Please check it out! http://wearefirstgraders.blogspot.com/
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Health, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Phonics