K-6 behavior classroom; K-5 residential treatment; 8th Grade Math Resource; 8th Social Studies; University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL), Moving Up! Math (English and Spanish editions) curriculum writer/editor; KinderTek interactive iPad app advisory panel; Chicago Tribune, reporter
Foundational "I Do, We Do, You Do" with more than half of instruction devoted to "we do." Lots of practice with real-world problem-solving that is engaging and relevant. As a special educator, I was trained to introduce concepts with an explicit, direct instruction presentation. I mix hands-on Montessori exploration, Socratic circles and "Math Talks" for relevance and engagement. I love to see students responding and explaining the material (and asking questions!) in their own words.
- License in Oregon (K-8) and New York (1-5) - CTL advisory board: K-Tek kindergarten math intervention panel - Oregon Dept. of Education Extended Assessment Standard Setting Committee ELA.
B.A. University of Illinois (Speech Communication, History) M.S. University of Oregon (Special Education) Additional coursework: Univ. of Oregon: Educational Policy Analysis; Learning Organizations; School Psychology; Crisis Intervention; Causes of Delinquency. InDesign Art; Assistive Technology. Western Oregon University: ELL Sheltered Instruction,
Prior to teaching I was a city reporter for the Chicago Tribune and then a feature writer for the Register-Guard Newspaper in Oregon. For every subject, writing brings it all together.