Well, I started out in Los Angeles, fresh out of art school with no job prospects, I taught regular 1st and 2nd grade under an emergency credential, loved it and never looked back. After a year of night school to get my teacher training, we headed up to N. Cal where I taught 5th grade for 8 years, started a family, did a lot of projects with the state history/social science group, finished a masters in Ed then followed my husband to New York where I tutored kids in a private school. Then on to Michigan, yep following hubby again :-) In Michigan I took a reading support position in a middle school. I've been there ever since, 15 years, teaching everything from language arts, to US history, finally to my current position kinda back where I started in the visual arts! Through blogs and sites and Youtube I've shared on-line A LOT! It helps me feel like I belong to something bigger, something we are all a part of!
My lessons, units, blogging and youtube vids reflect my lifelong belief that project based, interdisciplinary, collaborative, student centered activities designed to lead students gently to the "ahah!" moments, to grasp big ideas and deeper understandings from their own frame of reference and knowledge base are where it's at for helping kids experience lasting, meaningful learning.
California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award for The Achievement Club literacy lessons based on Reading Recovery models and poetry for older elementary students. Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium Golden Apple Award for distance learning math program facilitation.
BA in Fine Art, San Francisco State University MA in Photography, University of Arizona Teaching Credential, California State University, Dominguez Hills MA Education, California State University, Sacramento
I've published lessons, essays and education opinion pieces through UCLA press, Kid's Work in Colonial Days, for software firms such as Broderbund, Kid Pix, as well as print media, Learning Magazine and on-line venues such as Teacher's Gazette, Youtube and my blog.
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Geography, For All Subject Areas, General Science, Writing, Asian Studies, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Autumn, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Summer, Handwriting, Early Intervention, African History