I have taught for over 40 years in two elementary schools of the Brookline Public School System. I am now a permanent substitute after I retired five years ago. Global studies and creating integrated curriculum units are my passions. In 2009 I won the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the National Council of Social Studies. I have received other global awards as well. I am proud that I have created a lot of integrated Social Studies/Language Arts curriculum for the Town of Brookline and the City of Newton.
I believe in teaching in a meaningful integrated curriculum that takes the best of all the educational gurus into consideration. I do not like following scripts and do not believe that one curriculum idea fits all students. I always keep in mind the diverse group of students I have in my class, and re-create curriculum that will be interesting and meaningful to them. Differentiation is a must in order to scaffold and challenge students to keep them engaged.
In addition to receiving the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the National Council of Social Studies in 2009, I won many Brookline Educational Grants to travel to the places I teach, Ghana, Japan, China, India, and Hopiland, in order to capture and create age-appropriate visual introductions of aspects of culture that "hook" and engage students before I supplement the curriculum with informational texts.
I graduated Simmons College with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Technology. I have always taken Professional Development courses of my choosing to help me grow and consider the diverse needs of my students. I enjoy consulting with towns to help teachers create an integrated engaging curriculum that meet the Common Core Standards with a high level of critical thinking.
I am married with two amazing grown children, one daughter and one son, both married, who I am very proud of!!!!! I am a grandmother! We spend a lot of family time together. In my spare time, I love to read and travel.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Computer Science - Technology, Education, English, History, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Business, Economics , Character Education, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, General Science, Problem Solving, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Engineering, Close Reading, Classroom Community