For the past 14 years I have taught 4th and 5th grades, concentrating on ELA and Social Studies. Prior to that, while we were raising our daughters, I was a substitute teacher for ten years. I had many long term jobs which included everything from teaching High School Spanish to instructing Kindergarten scholars. I also worked as a Middle School librarian for 1 1/2 years. My first teaching position was to develop a reading program for 7th and 8th grade learners in a brand new school district. Each position that I have had in my career has offered me numerous opportunities for academic and personal growth, and I am grateful for each.
I have most recently used a workshop style for ELA, modeling several aspects of Daily 5. Our Social Studies program offers many project based learning opportunities to our scholars.
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My bachelor's degree was earned from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. Many of my post graduate hours have been earned from Western Michigan University. The majority of my classes have concentrated on ELA principles and practices.
In addition to teaching, I have served as a mentor to new teachers in our district for 3 years. I have participated in our district's learning communities both as a participant and leader. I have been honored to lead our teachers in writing practices and developing a positive class culture.