Elementary students are the best, ya'll! Twelve years later, I believe that teaching is my passion and calling, so I yield to it every morning at 5:00 a.m.! I have taught child development aged students (six weeks old to Pre-K), kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grades... and was an instructional coach for math and science where I mentored and coached teachers and taught science lab to grades Pre-K through sixth grade. I love being able to utilize my firsthand experience of the importance of vertical alignment in a school and curriculum. I now write curriculum and am a math consultant for area districts and schools.
I believe in cultivating a positive classroom culture by making students responsible for their decisions. I teach my students to show respect to themselves and others while solving their own problems as often as possible. I believe that students need to take ownership in their learning and be encouraged in their work as readers, authors, scientists, mathematicians, historians, and artists. I am passionate about making the academic content accessible and comprehensible to English learners in my classroom.
School District Distinguished Writer of the Year 2012
I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on business, history, and political sciences which led me to love writing. (I think the 200+ page thesis paper put me over the edge!) I have authored a southwest history book and several educational articles on how English learners thrive in my math classroom due to the use of sheltered and scaffolded instruction.
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