My instructional experience has primarily been in upper elementary, third through eighth grade. I have taught English Language Arts with Science and Social Studies integration. I have taught Standards Based in my classroom for many years, utilizing DBQs as a resource. For the past couple of years I have taken on the role of a Teacher Leader. This role allows me to have my own block of ELA/SS/SCI for 50% of the day, then provide instructional coaching to other grade levels through: instructional strategies, Differentiated Instruction, Data analysis, and Standards Based instructional practices. While working as a Teacher Leader, I have been in Tier 3 high needs schools. These are schools with 100% economically deficient students with historically failing school grades. In my current school after one year of a turnaround effort and implementing standards based instructional practices 3-5th grade, we were able to go from a F to a B. This is very difficult, but rewarding work.
My teaching style centers around self-paced mastery of standards. This means that each individual child is learning their grade level standards at their individual pace. This requires lots of organization, procedures, and high expectations. I have taught this way for a couple years now and the overall outcome has been amazing. I have some resources that I use religiously in my shop to help with this process if this is something you are interested in starting.
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Besides my career in education, I also play the role of mother and wife. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 18 years. We have four beautiful daughters together who are 16, 11, 6, and 3.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Math, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Place Value, Informational Text, Close Reading