I have spent the last ten years teaching English/Language Arts in an Illinois SAFE School, 6th-12th grade. My students are generally regular ed who for any number of reasons were removed from their home school campus and spend anywhere from 1 semester to 3 years in our program. They are messy and amazing and without them my life might be boring.
Teaching the "at risk" crowd keeps me on my toes. Stale, outdated textbooks simply won't do, so I really have no choice but to engage my students with relevant, rigorous, and engaging curriculum and I have the most fun when I create it myself. I'm highly relational (one luxury in a small school setting) and enjoy allowing the needs/interests of my students to guide my creative juices. They often have many learning gaps/deficits due to any number of issues and so I tend to focus my efforts on helping them read and write better (which of course includes direct vocabulary instruction).
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I earned my BA in Secondary Education/English and Deaf Education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and my Master's in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in Chicago, Illinois.
I have been married almost 25 years and have 2 amazing daughters.