I have just completed my fifth year in the classroom with four years at the middle level (8th grade) and one year at the high school level. This was my first year teaching A.P. U.S. History and I spent a significant amount of time in planning and preparing materials for that course in particular, but I have experience in core U.S. History, Government, and Sociology.
My teaching style is student-centered. I favor active learning strategies in collaborative groups. With most of the assignments and activities I give to my students, there is a group component to completing the exercise. I believe strongly that students learn at higher rates through discussion with their peers and in the benefits of peer discussion in helping struggling learners master the standards. I view myself as a facilitator of learning rather than as a dispenser of learning.
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Formal Education: BS in Sociology from the University of Utah BA in Social Science Education from Western Governors University MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from Western Governors University Professional Development: Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History course on the causes and consequences of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, regional conference on Civil War through the Civil War Trust, Driven2Teach field study in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania focused on founding principles, founding fathers, and immigration, and College Board Advanced Placement conferences.
I love my job and I enjoy creating resources that will enhance my students' learning. I hope that you will find my resources helpful, as well.