My husband is a kindergarten teacher so it's safe to say, there is a LOT of talk about education in our home. I've spent my entire career teaching in the city of Chicago. I first taught at a neighborhood school on the south side of the city where I worked for 10 years and I then made the transition to a world language magnet school where I've been teaching for the past 8 years. I've taught 1st through 5th grades and have acted as a school reading specialist, providing professional development throughout the Chicago area. Currently, I teach math, science, and writing to our school's 4th graders. I have also provided math workshops/professional development for staff based on Common Core math and the NWEA exam.
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* Nominated for the DRIVE Award (Delivering Results Through Innovative and Visionary Education), honoring the top 1% of Chicago public school teachers * Member of my magnet school's Leadership Committee, analyzing and using data to inform instruction * Co-presenter for the Rochelle Lee Fund summer workshop: Guided Reading * Thirteen time Donors Choose recipient * University of Chicago Lead Teacher cohort participant, focusing on guided reading, data collection and analysis * Chosen as an Area 15 Lead Teacher by the Center for New Teachers, modeling lessons and providing debrief sessions for new teachers in area 15 * Chosen as a demonstration classroom by individuals from The Office of Literacy, for the area 15 principalsâ€™ walkthrough * Presented at the 2003 and 2006 Chicago Public Schools / University of Chicago: Internet Project Technology Expo * Participant of the Lead Teacher question and answer panel during the Area 15 Conference * Golden Teacher Coach for first year teacher * Selected to be part of a presentation for principals and CPS educators, showcasing exemplary classroom libraries that foster educational growth
Graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in 1998 Earned National Board Certification in 2009 In 2015 I earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Common Core Math
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Math Test Prep, Literature, Word Problems, Mental Math, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects