"Once upon a time," I went to college and earned a degree in speech pathology and audiology. My teaching career stopped for a bit when our first son was born. Next I became an elementary special education teacher. Life went by, I got a masters degree in elementary education and had two more sons. Once again I changed my teaching assignment. I retired last year with a total of 38 years in education with 26 as a first grade teacher. My sons are grown and on their own. Now I get to tutor 18 kindergarten students and six 2nd grade dyslexia students. My part time teaching gig makes my heart sing and I am truly living "happily ever after! "
I had a traditional first grade classroom for years. I used the basal religiously until I learned enough computer skills to get hooked on the teacher chat boards and teacher web sites. Then my real education began because I became a lurker! I started learning ways to do things better in my regular classroom due to teachers all over the nation sharing what was good in their classrooms. I began doing the Daily Five after reading the book written by the two sisters. I did many science activities for hands on learning. We watched the life cycles of butterflies, planted a field of bluebonnets beside our school, watched tadpoles change into frogs, hatched eggs into baby chicks, observed earthworms, etc. It was good!
I was recognized as the Outstanding Educator of the year by my school system in 2008 during the community Chamber of Commerce yearly banquet.
I graduated from Bandera High School in Bandera, Texas. I graduated from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas with a B.S. degree in speech pathology and audiology. I earned a LD (Learning Disabilities) certificate from West Texas State and then received a Masters of Education from East Texas State in Commerce, Texas. In the beginning of my teaching career I spent several years in special education by being a speech therapist and an elementary resource teacher. Then I spent over 25 years in regular education teaching first grade. Now I am tutoring kindergarteners (RTI response to intervention) and teaching 2nd graders with dyslexic tendencies.
I am still married to my college sweetie after 39 years. He is the dad of my three sons. My oldest son was born with multiple handicaps. It wasn't easy raising him but we loved him so we took one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time. We kept him at home with us until he was 26 years old and then placed him in a group home. He is only 15 minutes away and is doing well most of the time. The other two sons have masters degrees and darling wives. We have two "grand dogs".
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