I have 38 consecutive years in elementary education including 18 years as an elementary school principal. I taught all grades Kindergarten through Eighth and am currently teaching 3rd grade. I returned to the classroom 3 years ago, anxious to put into action all of the good techniques I observed during my principal years. I was starved for professional development and started reading widely and attending professional development. I am finally at a point in my career where I can use all of my experience to be an excellent teacher and colleague.
I incorporate best practices in my instruction. I tend to guide student learning rather than teach students material. I use brain research to help students make connections and therefore improve retention. I work cross-curricular when appropriate to make the learning experience well rounded for the students.
I was selected to participate in QuEST, a selective program in which 25 educators from Missouri participate in an in-depth program to improve the Quality of Elementary Science Teaching. After attending one year, I was asked to serve as a Mentor Teacher the next year. I learned to use the 5-E model of lesson planning to create dynamic lessons for student learning. I am a consultant to ALEKS, an on-line Math program, and have participated in presentations and a 3-day workshop in California. I have written and received grants totaling tens of thousands of dollars.
I have a B.A. in Elementary Education; a B.A. in Special Education;and an M.A. in Elementary School Administration. I have Lifetime Certifications in all 3 areas. I attend every Professional Development opportunity in my school, read widely in professional journals,and participate in Professional Learning Communities.
I am married to my husband, Tim, of 28 years, and am the proud mother of 3 adult children: Caitlin, Kevin, and Ted. I have a cat named "Miss Ellie" (after Eleanor Roosevelt) and a grand-puppy named Freddie.