This year I am going to be a fifth grade teacher. I student taught many years ago in this grade level, and I am glad to have the opportunity to teach fifth grade again. Most of my years have been as a first grade teacher (11 years). I also taught one year in 2nd grade, 1 year in 4th grade, and one year as a Middle School/High School Special Education Teacher. Since I taught Special Education in a very small school, I was also the 6th grade reading teacher.
I believe that all children can learn. The key to helping each child learn is through differentiated instruction. It is important to use formative assessments, such as running records, exit slips, anecdotal records, etc. to determine what each child knows and where their understanding stops. I tend to use workshop models, small group teaching, and conferencing to teach my students. I also require my students to keep track of their learning through reading and math journals as well as data binders.
Trained through Douglas Reeves Leadership and Learning Center on data teams/cycles. Robbinsdale Teacher of Distinction
In addition to my actual experience in the classroom, I have a Bachelors Degree in k-8 education, Master's Degree in Language Arts Education and an Ed.S in PreK-12 Administration. I also work with the teens at the local Boys and Girls Club during the summer.
Teaching children is very important to me, but more important is my family. I have a wonderful husband. He is a wildland firefighter for the state of South Dakota. Of course, he does not fight fires in SD alone, but also in other states; therefore, he is gone a lot in the summer. I have two amazing children, both of whom are in middle school. I truly enjoy their activities even though it keeps me busy. My son plays football, is in choir, and plays the Alto Saxophone. My daughter plays the Alto Saxophone, the piano, is in choir, and is a wonderful runner. She is a part of Track and Cross Country. We are also very busy with our church...church choir, church council member, and I teach Sunday School (with the help of my daughter)