Specializing in all things STEM and Makerspaces, I am currently in my fifteenth year of teaching. I spent 10 years in the general education classroom teaching first, second, and third grade. I am now serving as a Gifted Resource Coordinator for early childhood students in K-2, teaching Gifted and Talented, STEM, Math Enrichment, and Advanced Literacy. My classroom serves as a Makerspace for K-2nd on Mondays and Fridays. Teaching has always been my calling, and I absolutely LOVE my job!
I love to step outside curriculum and enrich my students' learning experiences whenever possible! I strongly believe that play is the highest form of research, and hands-on learning is the key to student engagement. I love creating innovative products to meet the needs of my students while fostering memorable and engaging learning experiences. Teaching is my true passion, and I cannot imagine doing anything else! Visit my website and blog at teachoutsidethebox.com!
2010 National Board Certified Teacher (Early Childhood Generalist), 2013 Roosevelt Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2013 Norman Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma City Thunder Teacher of the Game, STEM Presenter for Teach Your Heart Out, Get Your Teach On, Staff Development for Educators: I Teach 1st!, and NSTA
Bachelors in Elementary Education - University of Central Oklahoma Masters in Educational Leadership - University of Central Oklahoma
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Science, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Computer Science - Technology, Other, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Robotics, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, For Administrators, Early Intervention, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics