I have 30+ years of teaching experience: 21 years middle school; 9 years 4th thru 6th grade all subjects. I have been teaching long enough to administer three different state standardized tests. I taught elementary school for nine years and have been teaching middle school for 21 years. Although I have taught all subjects, I now teach middle school science, which I enjoy immensely!
Since I attended middle and high school when instructors lectured to rather than allowed students to participate, I teach more with hands-on and inquiry lessons with inclusion of other core subjects to make real life connections. I use varied methods to review that include differentiated learning and group labs and projects. I try to teach students to problem-solve and ask questions that make them think outside the box.
Teacher of the Year 1996 and 1997 Scholarship recipient for a Master's Degree program
B.A. degree in elementary education; M.A. degree +30 in interdisciplinary sciences
I have presented for our District Professional Development as well as the Regional Science Conference (10+ years). Presenter at the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)2 years. Served on District Science Curriculum Writing team and State textbook addoption team. S.C. Academy of Science presenter - 10+ years