In my 25+ years of teaching, I've spent most of my time teaching grades 3 - 7, but I've taught every grade from K-8 (in a special education role) and summer school. I've also been trained in Orton-Gillingham methods of teaching phonics, special education, and I've worked as a private tutor. I enjoy working with students of all ages, and I love making learning fun!
My motto, "Reach and Teach ALL Students" is my guiding principle. I love differentiating lessons, hands-on learning, unique approaches, and learning styles focusing on ALL styles of learners, including unique and struggling learners. I believe RESPECT is a two-way street, and success hinges on mutual respect. I also believe that a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere combined with engaging and interesting lessons are the recipe for success. I'm a hands-on teacher who enjoys creating student-friendly (and teacher-friendly) resources for successful learning.
My school doesn't give out formal awards, but I'm honored when I meet former students and discover they've grown into productive adults and that they remember our class time together. A shining moment for me was when a parent told me that their child who didn't like school last year now absolutely loves it - what a great feeling!
I hold a Master's Degree in Education, special education licensure, plus 30 additional hours of training in specialty areas, including Orton-Gillingham methods. My Bachelor's Degree is in Business Administration and Marketing.
Aside from teaching, I'm a wife, mother, teacher-author, and fitness nut. Caffeine Queen Teacher is who I am and my passion and my store is CQ Resources, LLC.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, Arts & Music, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Business, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Employment, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Student Council, Vocational Education, Test Preparation, Close Reading, Classroom Community