~ Teaching for 23 years ~ English Language Arts Grades 5, 7, & 8 Social Studies Grade 5 Spanish Grade 5 Library Media Specialist Grades 6 - 8 *Graduate Course Designer: "The Mindful Classroom" "Skills for Building the Collaborative Classroom" *Graduate Instructor /17 years "Universal Design for Learning" "Encouraging Student Responsibility and Self-Discipline Within Learning Communities" "Stress and the Teaching and Learning Process" "The ADHD Brain" "The Mindful Classroom" "Skills for Building the Collaborative Classroom"
Mindfulness is a daily practice in Room 37 and students practice awareness, compassion, breathing, and responding rather than reacting to situations. My teaching style engages all students by providing play, passion and purpose with the intention of creating kind, curious, and nonjudgmental members of society. I provide students access to the curriculum and eliminate barriers that may prevent them from learning. I expect students to understand and be successful at knowing how to learn and be accountable for their own learning through fostering academic integrity. Students are presented with multiple means of representation of the curriculum making learning relevant and challenging. They are provided with opportunities to work collaboratively and creatively. I believe in engaging and motivating students, helping them grow in the understanding of life within a community of learners. I believe in calling on parents for support, while supporting the children with my time, honesty, and patience and seeking out the best in the field of education to continue to work at being the best educator I can be. The brain, body, and breath is what I use to support the learning process.
*2019/2020 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist *2020 New Jersey Sussex County Teacher of the Year *2020 Governor Teacher of the Year *2015 Governor Teacher of the Year *STAR Teacher *Stellar Instructor Award **Above all, the greatest honors I have EVER achieved are the emails I receive from past students thanking me for their time spent in class, and how they value and miss that time. xo If they only knew how much they taught me!! (I tell them, but I don't think they believe me.)
Education: *BA English Literature / Secondary Education Concentration *MAT + 109 credits in Instructional Design *Supervisor Certification *P - 8 General Education Teaching Certification *P - 12 Secondary Education Certification - English Literature *P - 12 Associate Library Media Specialist Certification Healing Facilitator: *Master in NLP *Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher *Certified EFT Practitioner *Healing Breathwork Facilitator *RYT *Currently enrolled in 95 hr Registered Children's Yoga Teacher with Trauma Informed Focus
Reducing anxiety and overwhelm is at the heart of my teaching and coaching. Teaching parents, teachers, and students how to face challenges and trauma with courage and resilience was born out of my journey through cancer and other life lessons that fed my desire to share how to live with ease not matter what your story. xo