Prior to earning my teaching degree in the late '90s, I taught adults and children to ride and train horses. Since then, I have taught in a variety of different contexts from K-8 Gen Ed to specialists role teaching CTE and developing at-risk learners to student leaders at the middle school level. Now I am teaching K-2 Social-Emotional Learning through authentic STEAM explorations. I have worked in test development and scoring for Smarter Balanced in the areas of ELA and Math. Presenter at 2019 AMLE Conference Nashville
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National Board Certified Teacher
Working toward SEL certificate Masters in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology BA Elementary Education Endorsed in Communication Computer Science Education
Getting challenging students to show up early rather than collect tardies as if they were in-game achievements. drives me to jump into my boots to show up to teach. An NBCT, I have taught at least 1500 students over the years applying decades of teaching k-8, horses, their owners and even cows. I have developed a social-emotional learning model earnpurplebunnies.com I am passionate about meeting ALL students where they need support. I Knowing that teachers need support and free time too, I enjoy spending time with my family and our horses, ranching and deep woods fly fishing.