I have 19 years experience in the field of education. I taught K-5 gifted students for 7 years. I also held positions as Student Achievement Specialist for one year and Curriculum Specialist for 2 years. In addition, I have 5 years experience as Director of an after-school enrichment program, which I developed. I currently sit on the board of directors for the Gifted Advocacy Council of Hillsborough (GACH) as Director of Enrichment.
Creative, creative creative! I learned years ago that the creative and critical thinking skills we save for our gifted students are invaluable to ALL students. No matter the subject, I have always encouraged open-minded, out-of-the-box thinking. My goal is for my students to become life-long learners and problem solvers, not just rote memorizers. Whenever possible, I believe the students should be involved in planning, delivering, sharing and evaluating the teaching and learning in the classroom.
My shining teaching moment was bitter sweet. As a relatively young gifted program teacher, I was asked by my principal to fill a new position in our district, Student Achievement Specialist. I felt very honored that he offered me this opportunity because he valued what I was doing in the classroom and wanted me to share and teach our teachers. At the same time, as I have found always happens in education, if you are recognized as a good teacher in the classroom, it is only a matter of time before you are asked to leave the direct contact with the students and move into an office position. I enjoyed the new position, which later evolved into Curriculum Specialist, but I did miss the day-to day contact with the students.
I first developed my love of learning in an International Baccalaurate high school program and then attended the University of Florida. I hold a Master Elementary Education degree with specializations in Gifted and Early Childhood.
Throughout my various educational positions, I have never been given a textbook to follow or have been provided curriculum or lesson plans. As a gifted teacher, I was charged with creating my own curriculum to enrich all of the subject areas, for all grades K-5. As a Student Achievement and Curriculum Specialist, I was given the task of creatively presenting and coaching staff through critical county initiatives. As an Enrichment Program Director, I write and teach all of my own curriculum during the school year, as well as for 7 weeks of summer camp each year.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Business, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text