I've taught for 15 years in both private and Title I public schools in the Portland area. Currently, I am on a leave of absence. I'm using the time to write children's books and learn about the business of getting published.
I take a lot of time at the beginning of each school year to build community, drawing from the work of Ruth Charney, in her book _Teaching Children to Care_. I try to make classroom learning as creative as possible, using a variety of art media through the year. I love using methods from GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) for teaching content and language development. Literacy is at the heart of instruction for the early grades, so it is a primary focus of mine.
Sometimes I get letters from my students. This is one way I know I'm doing my job. My favorite from last year reads, "You are good." I love the simplicity of that. I have it up on my bulletin board at school.
*B.A. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR *M.A.T. Portland State University, Portland, OR *ongoing education to support my teaching
I'm a wife and mother of two young children. My children are my most important teachers. I love to garden and be out in nature. Besides teaching, my other loves are travel, reading with my book club, making art, writing and cooking. Lately, I'm inspired by Yong Zhao's work. "A true high expectation comes from the students themselves when [they] are allowed autonomy and rewarded for genuine contribution to the society using their talents, passion, time, and efforts."