I graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 after working as a teaching assistant in Aldine ISD. I had the honor of teaching second, kinder, fourth, third, and then second grade GT in the fourteen years I was employed there. Two years ago, I applied for a position outside my comfort zone in Humble ISD. Part time I worked with first through fifth grade Tier 2-3 students. The second half, I planned and taught science lessons with first through fifth grade teachers. This year I am providing in-class support to ESL and bilingual students part of the time. The second half of my day I teach students who receive special education services in dyslexia, math, reading, and writing. This has been by far my best year despite never having taught in this area before.
For the past nine years, I have observed how students react to my lessons and activities and then I adjust them to meet their needs. Most of my lessons begin with a video, literature, or some sort of hook, followed by a mini lesson. Afterward, students get many opportunities to master objectives through the use of centers/work stations. I walk around, asking them questions, or I may work with a group on a skill if I see them struggling. Once rotations are over, I collect student work and assess it with them in a flexible group, or on an individual basis, depending on the time. Before I heard about the 5-E Model for science, I used to call it "Prescribing the Scientific Method" to students. However, the longer I teach, the more I notice more of my lessons follow that pattern.
Full Scholarship to U of H from Aldine ISD, Science Teaching Equity Project, Rice Elementary Model Science Lab, Bilingual Teacher of the Year (2 times)
Education was not my first choice. In fact, it was nowhere in my agenda. I wanted to complete my biology degree until I discovered kids responded positively to my lessons. I quickly grew to love teaching. I attended the University of Houston for 4.5 years before switching to Interdisciplinary Studies though. I also obtained an Associate of Science, with honors, from Houston Community College while I was working on my education degree.
Aside from teaching elementary, I have had many opportunities to volunteer. Some volunteer experiences include: Ben Taub General Hospital, Bilingual Spelling Bee, Destination Imagination, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Director, and currently teach First Communion to 11-17 year-olds. My hobbies include art, religion,and travel. I enjoy capturing beautiful images to bring back to the classroom.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Autumn, Halloween, Place Value, Informational Text, Phonics