I have taught for 17 years and thrive in a classroom. I began my career in a North West suburb of Chicago, Elgin, Illinois. I taught for 6 years in multiple grade levels. In 2005, I moved to Mississippi and took a position as a Student Teacher Supervisor for Mississippi College. I continued working there for the next 5 years. At that point I just could not stay out of the classroom any longer. I am now in my 6th year back in the classroom, and my third year in Jackson Public Schools. This has been my greatest challenge yet. Our school district has struggled for years and many have just thrown up their hands and given up. I am running full force at this challenge, I want to be their change!!!!
I am faithful follower of The Daily Five and Donalyn Miller.They have helped me to bring the basics of learning back to my children. While reading these books, I kept saying "Yes, they really get me!" Teaching in my classroom is more about being excited about learning and sharing the experience with others. Too many times teachers just cram information at their students. Let the children love to learn!
My greatest accomplishment is bringing my reading scores beyond my goals every year.
I attending the University of Northern Iowa for my BS in Education and then the University of Phoenix for my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
I have been happily married to my best friend for last 12 years. I have two amazing children that remind me everyday how important good teachers can be in the lives of children.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Computer Science - Technology, Career and Technical Education, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For All Subjects, School Psychology