Elementary school is the best and I've been happy there for 11 years! I spent eight years in fourth grade, a year in third, and now I'm starting my third year as a Literacy Coach/Leader for my campus. As an instructional specialist for reading and writing, I try to create tools my teachers will find useful when working with real kids and real learning. I'm a past president of the El Paso Reading Council, the local branch of the International Reading Association, and I'm also a Teacher-Consultant for the West Texas Writing Project, the local site of the National Writing Project. I love to teach all contents, but my heart is in literacy!
I love to work with all content areas and develop my own units rather than use textbooks or programs. Real reading, real writing, real experiences, real conversations :)
I was Teacher of the Year for my campus for the 2010 - 2011 school year and the 2012-2013 school year. I've presented at IRA conferences as well as an NWP National Meeting.
Partway through my reading masters!
I have three dogs and three cats (I know, i sound crazy) and I recently married my wonderful husband! My family of three younger brothers constantly shapes the work I do - it has been beautiful to see them grow and know what influences them to do what's right.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Informational Text