I've been teaching for 20 years. I spent my first 11 years teaching first grade. Then I had an opportunity to teach kindergarten so I moved down and taught kindergarten for 4 years. After 4 years in kindergarten we had a decrease in the number of students so I moved back up to first grade. After that year, I was hired as a literacy coach and received my coach training at UALR with Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos. I spent 3 years coaching at a K-2 campus and then became literacy specialist at a K-5 campus. That is where I am currently and I'm loving any minute of it.
I believe in balanced literacy within the workshop approach. Students should be engaged in hands on activities and discussions within every aspect of their learning.
Teacher of the Year Nominee 2 years Model First Grade Classroom Teacher
BSE in Early Childhood Education Literacy Coach Certificate from UALR Trained in Mastering the Mechanics under Linda Hoyt Trained on Make it Real under Linda Hoyt Trained on Explorations in Nonfiction writing and Crafting Nonfiction under Linda Hoyt and Kelly Boswell CGI 1, 2, and 3 trained Trained in ELLA/Effective Literacy K-4 Math and Science Crusade certified
I have been married for 24 years to my high school sweetheart. We have 4 wonderful children ranging in ages from 22 down to 5. We have one daughter-in-law and several grand-pets. My husband is a full time pastor.