For the past thirteen years I have taught elementary advanced students in grades K through 5. I have also been a part of the Hillsborough County Gifted Steering Committee and on the Gifted Endorsement Faculty since 2007 and served as a mentor for new gifted teachers. My family recently moved and I am now a regular ed classroom teacher for the first time. I will be teaching 3rd grade this year.
I enjoy seeing my students gain both understanding and confidence and have a little fun at the same time. :) The highlights of my life are my dear family and the opportunity to work with sweet children every day. My hope in teaching is to help my students to function at their highest level in all areas. I became a teacher because I love to learn and want to instill in my students a love for learning. My desire is to empower my students with the awareness that they have a measure of control over what they learn and how they acquire that knowledge. Motivation is a particular area of study that has led me to create lessons and opportunities for student directed learning and to incorporate differentiation through varying levels of content, complexity levels, and student choice whenever possible.
Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics for the following projects: “The Bank of Westchase” , “The Kindness Place” and “Can a Kid Really Make a Difference” Westchase Elementary PTA Communications Award Florida's Best and Brightest Scholarship Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of South Florida. BS in Mathematics and BS in Computer Science from Birmingham-Southern College.
I am an advocate for meeting the needs of all students, including our high ability students and am a founding board member of the Gifted Advocacy Council of Hillsborough County (GACH) and am currently serving as president emiritus. I currently serve on the board of the Florida Association for the Gifted as treasurer and regularly serve as a presenter at their annual conference. At the school level, I have served as the Gifted/Specials Team Leader, the Intermediate Science Lead Teacher, Math Lead Teacher, Co-director of the Morning Show and Cella Testing Coordinator.
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