It feels like the past 23 years have flown by, but I can honestly say that I am still (if not more) passionate about teaching and learning! I am currently working as a substitute teacher and am focused primarily on grades K-5 (although I *consider* middle school every now and again!) The bulk of my teaching experience lies in the early childhood and elementary school grades, but I've also homeschooled (grades 4-7) and worked in special education, which I believe has made me a better teacher. Now, I find that I am especially passionate about creating more engaging sub plans for when teachers need to be out of the classroom...plans that will keep the students learning and will help save teachers valuable time.
Creative, collaborative, and centered on my students. I try to integrate curriculum as much as possible and am always looking for ways to make learning (and teaching and subbing) fun!
The best *honors* ever? Handwritten thank-you notes from my students (even my first graders!) Second place? Notes from my parents. Maybe not totally "official", but still meaningful to me!
BS in Elementary Education; Concentration in Early Childhood (Salisbury University, MD, 1995) M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction; Elementary Reading (Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AR; In Progress)
On my wish list: be able to earn a second Master's degree (maybe in math or technology) and then pursue a PhD in literacy...without student loans! This is on my "professional bucket list"...it's never to late to learn!