I spent the majority of my teaching career in fourth and fifth grades. Fourth grade was a self-contained classroom, which allowed me to teach all the core subjects. I especially enjoyed the flexibility it afforded -- if the kids were engaged in a writing project, I could let them continue and play "catch up" with my lesson plans the following day. My fifth grade experience was dynamic as well. I wrote and taught U.S. history to three sections of fifth graders and language arts to my homeroom students. It was the best of two worlds: middle school rotations in an elementary classroom where you had your homeroom kids for most of the day.
I've been told by my administrators, parents, and former students that I set the bar high. My students know that i have expectations, but that I'm there to help them meet them. I instill confidence in them and they feel very good about themselves! I'm a proponent of differentiated learning and try to incorporate a myriad of learning styles in my lessons. There is a lot of activity in my classroom and a lot of art projects!
I've been voted Most Influential Teacher by former students
I graduated cum laude from Simmons College, in Boston, MA. My major was communications and I minored in French. I also am a certified chef and worked in the gourmet food industry before becoming a teacher. I earned my teacher certification from Moravian College and have taken numerous workshops and courses to enhance my teaching.
I've had the good fortune to have worked in different sectors. I worked on Capitol Hill for my Congressman from Delaware (my home state) and on a Senate committee. I moved to New York City and worked for The Silver Palate, a gourmet food company where I was the Manufacturing Director. I also completed a chef training course and taught cooking classes to both adults and children. When I switched to a career in elementary education, I donated cooking classes to help raise funds for the school. Recently, I've been creating and selling recipes to Fine Cooking magazine in my spare time.