43 years in education. Have enjoyed teaching thousands of students both big and small - young and old at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. Have taught in both the regular and special education settings. Currently Math Instructional Coach in a school of 1300+ smiling faces...including the teachers and administrators!
I believe teaching, at its best, is about developing a sense of curiosity among students - whether students are children or adults. If students are curious, each is driven by an internal quest to quench their thirst for knowledge and understanding. Students should be encouraged to develop authentic, creative computational strategies based upon number sense and place value. Exploration leads to discovery and discovery leads to understanding. Mistakes are part of the learning process and should be celebrated as opportunities to learn!
-Over the past 43 years I have been afforded many opportunities to contribute to the learning of others at both state math and special education conferences. Have also served as conference facilitator/presenter at Georgia Council of Math Teachers State Conference, Kennesaw State College, UGA (GA Children's Literature Conference; STEM State Conference) and GGC (Developing Effective Classroom Teachers); most recently closing speaker at the 2017 Teacher Induction Ceremony at Georgia Gwinnett College. -Georgia Department of Education - Math Framework Lesson Plan Project contributor, 3rd Grade -Gwinnett County Public Schools: K-5 Instructional Calendar Project Facilitator; K-5 Analyzing the Standards Project Facilitator; New Teacher Induction Session Presenter; County Professional Learning Staff Development Facilitator for Mathematics and Social Students -Variety of Gwinnett County Elementary Schools: Developed and Implemented and Summer Math Academy for the past 10 years attended by several hundred teachers. -Teacher of the Year: Minor Elementary and Simonton Elementary
Bachelor of Science in Education: Florida State University, 1973; Masters of Science in Education: Brenau University, 2004; Educational Specialists Degree in Supervision and Leadership, Lincoln University, 2009
Even after all these years, I still get excited about shopping for back to school supplies! I can't imagine a life that doesn't involve getting a room prepared to greet students each August. I truly believe teaching is one of the most challenging vocations one can choose, so if you don't have a passion for the work, you need to find another. I have been blessed to do the work I was created to do AND have been supported by a loving husband who is a middle school, math special education teacher. Our greatest blessings live in Texas and Washington - two sons, two daughters-in-love and five precious grandchildren ranging in ages from 17 to 9.