I first began teaching more than 20 years ago and still love it! Over the years, I have been involved in education as a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, RTI teacher, school director and the mother of three children, one of whom just entered college! I also love educating teachers by holding workshops focused on the normalization process in a classroom, peace education, character education and yoga.
When you begin with character, academics fall more naturally into place. Math, language and other academic skills will emerge when the focus is first on building and defining personal character. With the EDGE-ucation Nation program, you are able to take a subject that now needs to be taught explicitly, Character Education, and engage meaningfully with your students. Knowing that for teachers today, the last thing we need is one more academic subject to fit into the already-busy school day - this program is intended to be rooted in your community meetings for a brief 5-10 minutes daily, as well as intermingled throughout the academic day.
Somehow, every day seems like an honor. And awards? Oh, those little things that children do each and every day. One of my shining moments was on a first day of school, when a little girl sat cross-legged right beside me, sat up tall with her hands in her lap and said, "I'm so excited! I can't wait to learn!"
I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, which I received just before being ‘called back’ to teaching. I have since balanced my schooling with a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I also hold Montessori certification. My experience in the field of psychology greatly informs my teaching, as did my teaching inform my experiences working in child psycho-therapy.
Individualized education resonates with me most, as does any style where a child is allowed to grow and learn at his/her own pace, especially with a focus on developing good character along the way.