I have more than 15 years experience in the classroom from preschool to first grade. I have taught in small community schools and urban schools. I have taught mostly at schools with low SES and high second language learners, in classrooms with low classroom ratios of 20:1 with some paras as well as large classes as much as 33:1 with no para. I have been in the same trenches many teachers face today. :0)
I use a combination of methods from whole group instruction to cooperative learning and small group targeted instruction with differentiated skill focuses. I also implement as much technology as I have available, using my Smart Board to make my lesson as interactive as possible getting students up and moving. I love to use Kagan structures to keep cooperative learning focused and fun.
I have earned Scholastic achievement awards for three years. I have also earn Teacher of the year.
I have an Associate of Arts in Child Development; Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education; and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
I am a single parent of two fantastic children. Have an adult son on his own and a daughter still at home. I enjoy reading and arts and crafts in my spare time (not that teachers have much of that these days).