I have been teaching for 23 years and absolutely love my career! I found my true love in First Grade 20 years ago and haven't looked back! I love seeing the growth from the beginning of the year to the end. This is such an amazing age!
I strive to foster a brain friendly classroom! I encourage my students to engage in activities that target the multiple intelligences. I believe that children learn through play. I encourage my students to practice important concepts through repetition and play.
*Selected to attend the Smithsonian Institute during the summer of 2012 *Contributing member of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS) team 2012 *Member of the Smithsonian Digital Learning Project
Attended Texas A&M University 1984-1990 Received BA (English) 1988 Received MS (Educational Psychology, Higher Education) 1990 Attended California State University, Chico 1994-5 Received California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential 1995
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Anatomy, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, Drama, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Early Intervention, Phonics