I've worked as a substitute for two years teaching everything from kindergarten to twelfth grade. I also worked heavily in special education classrooms providing assistance to students with special needs. After subbing, I took on my own classroom of wild kindergarten students and discovered that I was not blessed with enough patience to be a career kindergarten teacher. I realized that third grade was the perfect year for me and I've been teaching it ever since.
When I'm teaching I use the I Do, We Do, You Do strategy to model. I do a lot of small group instruction and I try to use fun activities to make the content more interesting. Students work hard in my classroom, and if they do the work then they get to enjoy the fun parts of third grade. Students learn to take responsibility for themselves and learn to rely on me less and less as the year goes by. If I did a good job, then by the time my kids leave me they will be independent fourth graders.
I have not won any state or district awards, but I have had the honor of receiving a 'World's Best Teacher' mug and it is one of the best teacher gifts I have ever received.
I received my B.S. in Elementary Education with a Language Arts Concentration from the University of Maine at Farmington. I am currently making plans for pursuing my Master's.
When the papers to grade are graded and there are no reports to be done, I enjoy spending my free time with a good book in my hands and music playing in the background.