I began my teacher career ten years ago. I did my student teaching in a fifth grade classroom and enjoyed every second of it. I was then hired mid-year as a kindergarten assistant. From there, I received my first full-time position as a first grade teacher. I remained in first grade for four years. Two years later, I moved up to fourth grade, as upper elementary had always been my passion. After two years in fourth, I decided to make use of my ELL endorsement and taught ELL in a high poverty school for two years. I truly missed being in the classroom, though, and decided to take a third grade position which is where I still am today! And I love it! Third grade rocks!
I am a fairly laid back teacher, although my students would probably call me strict. I have high expectations and value hard work from my students. Yet, I have always believed in positive behavior supports and thus have always developed a nice rapport with my students year after year. I find it is far more effective to acknowledge and point out the good, rather than always focus on the negative. I enjoy bringing the creative into the classroom and love seeing my students engaged hands-on with learning activities. And, finally, I am excited to see the growth of technology usage in classrooms throughout the nation. I believe this is a very exciting time to be a teacher and I am thankful to be a part of it!
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I graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada in 1994 and earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Nevada Reno. However, I chose early motherhood, at the age of 20, rather than college after graduation and did not return to the university until 2003. At this point I entered the College of Education and graduated with distinction in the winter of 2005. I completed the credentials for the state of Nevada for my ESL endorsement in 2009 and am currently taking several courses to enhance my knowledge of how to use technology in the classroom.
I am married to a wonderful man, David, who is a personal trainer and fitness nut. Together we have six children, twin daughters aged 18, a 16 year old daughter, 15 year old son, our youngest daughter aged 12, and our baby son who is now two! I love staying active and fit, and try to read at least one good book a month although time does not always allow me to do so! However, most of my time is now consumed helping my husband finish his college degree. Three more semesters and hopefully our crazy schedule will get back to normal!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, Arts & Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Business, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, Easter, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading