I have been an educator for the past 10 years and have experience in a variety of grade levels. I began my teaching career as a K-5 Spanish teacher, then taught 4th grade for 7 years and am currently teaching 2nd grade. I have worked with 2-3 year olds at various summer camps. Other than teaching, I am the Technology Facilitator within my building and the school's Webmaster. I am currently a Union Representative and work on the Testing Objectives Committee. I have run the school newspaper club, Safety Patrol/Student Council and on Extended Day; which is an extended day geared to assist children of varied performance levels. I also run workshops in my district on The Daily 5, C.A.F.E., and technology sites and materials.
I believe that the students are the ones who need to control their learning in order for it to make sense and mean something to them. I do my best to be a coach to my students and guide them during their exploration. I use many hands-on activities and make learning a real experience. I encourage my students to ask questions, think beyond the text and explore the world around them. I enjoy teaching my students in this manner because many times, I am also one who walks away with a new view, thought or question. And learning is a lifelong journey.
I graduated Cum Laude from Kean University. I was chosen as a student-teacher leader to address the upcoming student teachers. I have been a mentor teacher to two student teachers. I am the Technology Facilitator and Webmaster within my building.
I currenly hold my BA in Early Childhood Education and have my certifications in K-8 and P-3.
I have an extensive list of Professional Development ranging from Everyday Math to iPads to Lucy Calkins to Rutgers reading guru- Lesley Morrow.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Math Test Prep, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, Informational Text