Kindergarten, Pre-K, Reading Recovery, Literacy Specialist/Coach, Grades 1 and 2 Reading/Literacy
I believe that "teaching" means meeting each child where he/she is at, recognizing each as a unique learner... supporting, scaffolding, and challenging each child according to how he/she learns best. I believe in balanced literacy, instructional differentiation, integration of technology, and teaching methods that promote higher level thinking for my students. I believe the key element that must tie this all together is FUN... thus, everyday is an adventure in my classroom! :)
2013-2014 Arthur Amt Lutheran Teacher of the Year 2011 Winner of $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for my "L.E.A.P Program" (Learning Enrichment & Achievement Program).
B.A. from Purdue University in Elementary Ed. with a minor in Reading and a Kindergarten endorsement; M.S. in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialty from Indiana University; Colloquy/Minister of Religion Degree from Concordia University Chicago
I am the busy mother of three wonderful children (17 year old twins & a 13 year old)... wife to Troy, my husband of over 20 years (sweetheart of over 25 years!)... and a kinder-teacher to multitudes! :)
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Other (Specialty), Religion, For All Subject Areas, Professional Development, Economics , Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Engineering, Phonics