I was a special education teacher who taught resource language arts and math for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I co-taught 4th and 5th grade classes and was responsible for teaching Texas history and American history. I have also worked as a kindergarten reading tutor.
I prefer to teach utilizing activities that guide students to discover concepts for themselves. I demonstrate the skill, provide as-needed assistance and do my best to limit lecture time. I believe history should be taught with more emphasis placed on the people who participated in historical events: their character, background, actions and motivations, and less emphasis on just dates and events.
While teaching Texas and American history, I discovered that the students seemed more interested when I presented the history in story form and delved more into the character and motivations of the people involved in historical events. This inspired me to write "General Houston's Little Spy: A Texas Revolution Story" which has won a 2nd place award in the Feathered Quill Book Award Contest and a 3rd place award in the Will Rogers' Medallion Award Contest. The book has also received 5 star reviews from Reader's Favorite Book Reviews.
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and obtained my certification in special education (PK-12th) and elementary education (1st-8th)
My husband, Larry Skinner, and I live in Baytown, TX. Our son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Amanda live and work in Austin, TX. I taught for Goose Creek Consolidated ISD for nine years. I have substituted and tutored for the district for the past six years. Before becoming a teacher, I served in the U.S. Army and then worked as an electrician for ExxonMobil.