I have taught preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade. The majority of my teaching experience was in Washington state, however the last ten years was in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoyed "looping" with several kindergarten classes into first grade. I have always enjoyed creating supplemental curriculum to support new reading, writing and math programs.
I would describe my teaching style as an organized combination of demonstrator, facilitator and delegator. After modeling and laying out the background for lessons, I make sure the students are learning in whole group, partner and independent situations. I provide visual, auditory and tactile experiences that prompt students to learn more on their own. I involve parents and middle school students on a regular basis as volunteers in my classroom.
I love creating curriculum projects and enjoy helping to roll out new curriculum programs in the district. I received a Curriculum Quill Award for the creation of social studies materials on our local town history. In the Reading Teacher, Sept. 93, Vol. 47 issue 1, p.69, my poem "Metamorphosis" was published. It shows the parallelism of children to caterpillars, within the chrysalis called classroom.
I received a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University. I also took many additional hours of classwork through the University of Washington and other universities.
I have two grown children and five grandsons. My husband and I enjoy traveling and photography. Our favorite places to visit are warm, sunny beaches and cool mountain getaways.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Civics, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Special Education, Drama, Career and Technical Education, Literature, Economics , General Science, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Informational Text, Handwriting, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading