I have taught 3rd grade for the last 20 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before that, I substituted and taught K-5 in California for 5 years.
I love teaching both science and social studies. I believe in creative exploration with lots of student presentations - both formal and informal. I love setting up opportunities for inquiry and helping guide students in the acquisition of foundational skills to be successful lifelong learners.
2007 CCSD Southwest Region Distinguished Star award for Multicultural Awareness and Community Connections.
AA from Shasta College in Redding, California. BA from Chico State in Chico, California. MA in Technology in Education from Lesley University. Hands-on experience... priceless!
My teaching style (creative, curious, and fun) is reflected in my classroom which has a dual-theme - CSI (Cushman's Student Investigators) a Detective theme in a Jungle decor.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, European History, World History, World Language, Chinese, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Physical Education, Canadian History, Australian History, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management, Economics , Study Skills, Problem Solving, Writing, Asian Studies, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Handwriting, End of Year, African History