I have been teaching middle school English Language Arts for the past ten years. I spent the first five years in a small town school in rural Nebraska teaching grades 7-9 English. The past five years have been in an inner city school in Colorado Springs teaching 7th grade language arts. I am the department chair in my building and work with my colleagues to vertically and horizontally align our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculums to the new Common Core standards.
I love to try new things and new technologies in my classroom, but I always mix in tried and true strategies that I learned in my master's program and from mentor teachers. Repetition and practice of skills is important as well as writing every day. I plan each lesson plan thoroughly and take pride in the work I produce. The benefits of a well planned lesson are clear with the work that my students produce and the expectations they rise to meet.
I spent my first five years teaching grades 7-9 English in a small town. I had my students for three years and then some were stuck with me for longer if they were assigned to my study hall as a sophomore, junior, or senior. The group of 9th graders that I had my last year in Nebraska honored me as their teacher by throwing a birthday party for me complete with glass tea cups for our pop. I cried when I told them I was moving to Colorado and a few of my students did as well. I went back for their high school graduation three years later and was honored to be mentioned as part of the valedictorian's speech.
I majored in English Education at Doane College in Crete, NE. My master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College in Lincoln, NE.
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