Teaching has been my passion since I was a child. When there weren't neighborhood children to play "school" with me, I made my dolls and stuffed animals come to school. I have worked with students of all ages including teaching shorthand (in the old days!) and word processing skills to adults. For 17 years I at a small K-8 school with a focus on math and science and an accelerated curriculum. At the end of the 2014/2015 school year, I gave up full-time classroom teaching in favor of working as an artist-in-residence writing and directing children's theatrical productions. I also do some substitute teaching.
I believe in having an active, exciting classroom with many different activities and field trips. I enjoy introducing a broad topic ( pioneers, Shakespeare, reputation, machines) and then following the interests of the students within that topic. Exploration, experimentation, and experience are vital. Critters were an important part of our classroom and students learned to care for them. We raised salmon and axolotls, started a worm bin, raised ducklings, and cared for a bearded dragon, corn snakes, and glofish. I strive to bring drama, art, and music in to children. Every year we performed at least one musical as well as Shakespeare scenes or an abridged version of a Shakespeare play keeping the original Shakespearean language. I have high expectations for all students. I offer encouragement and support as students find their passions and learn that, despite our challenges, we all have strengths.
Nominated for OnPoint Excellence in Education Teacher Award
Graduated from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) with a degree in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education. Completed over 100 additional credits to support my teaching over the past 30 years.
Married for over thirty years. Three children living on their own now. Operated a preschool in my home when my children were young. When the youngest started school, I returned to classroom teaching. We have always had a wealth of pets and a love of trying new things. My daughter, Shanna Anderson, is a freelance artist and frequently designs graphics for me. She is partnering with me on many of the projects featured here.
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Science, Biology, Other (Science), Arts & Music, Music, Vocal Music, Drama, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, General Science, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For All Subjects