I have been a teacher for 21 years in Title 1 schools. I have taught several grades in TN, KY, & FL. I will say that my favorite grade to teach is Kindergarten.
I strive to have 100% student engagement and that is why my learning environment is very interactive and fun. My students are challenged to find learn through problem solving & cooperative learning. I have high expectations for all learners and everyone must try their best.
AWARDS • Golden Apple Teacher Recipient 2009 • Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction 2009 • 2009 Women Accomplishing Much (WAM) Recipient, Celebrating “Outstanding” Educators from Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Moore Haven, FL; June 20, 2009 • Golden Apple Teacher Class of Top 100 Teachers 2007-2008 • The Education Foundation Grant Recipient 2007-2008, 2009-2008, 2009-2010
EDUCATION • Nova Southeastern University-Fort Myers Cohort: Doctor of Education; December 2011; Major: Instructional Leadership, Minor: Early Childhood Education • Indiana University Southeast- New Albany, IN: 30 credit hrs. (certification), Spring 2005; Administration and Supervision • Bellarmine University- Louisville, KY: 9 credit hrs. of Special Education Electives, 2002 • Tennessee State University-Nashville, TN: Masters of Education; Spring 1999; Elementary Education • Florida A & M University- Tallahassee, FL: Bachelor of Science; Spring 1991; Elementary Education
NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTER • I Teach K! Staff Development for Educators National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 17, 2013. Topic: Sight Words Made Simple! • I Teach K! Staff Development for Educators State Conference in Orlando, FL, December, 6. 2013. Topic: Teaching Character Education & Self-Esteem with Common-Core Read Alouds. PUBLICATIONS • Does Success Maker Improve FCAT Scores? Improving Immokalee Schools through Teacher Inquiry: Proceedings from the 2007 Immokalee Inquiry Expo. (Available from University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, College of Education, 111 Norman Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611). • Pocket Chart Poems Academy of Teachers Inquiry Project, 2009-2010 Published by The Education Foundation . (Available from University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, College of Education, 111 Norman Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611). • F is for Florida Original Instructional Idea Published by The Education Center, Inc., (The Mailbox Magazine), P.O. Box 9753, Greensboro, NC 27429-0753.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, Informational Text, Handwriting, Phonics