Currently, I am a GATE teacher. I received my teaching credential in 1992. Since then, along with raising 3 children, I have worked part-time substituting or job-sharing as a teacher. In 2005, I was invited to teach a GATE pull-out program. With no curriculum and no suggestions, I created 2-hour enrichment workshops using student input, gifted resources, and the internet. With the goal of teaching topics that aren't normally addressed in a classroom, my workshops have always been a hit. My students come to class enthusiastic and excited to learn something new and interesting! Their parents are happy too! At one point, I was teaching at 3 different schools, 4th, 5th and 6th grades, with approximately 30 to 40 students per grade. Having taught hundreds of gifted learners, I've learned a lot! Most importantly, I have learned to truly appreciate the quirks, eccentricities, intelligence, and goofiness that gifted learners exhibit. Their thirst for novelty is insatiable and I hope that the products I share on their behalf help provide inspiration and a yearning for more. I also hope to make things easier for teachers to find quality enrichment or differentiation than it was for me.
I have a passion for creating resources that are fun, unique and make students THINK! I believe that it is a teacher's job to teach HOW to THINK, not WHAT to THINK! I created GATER Educator to help fill those needs as a gifted and talented program support teacher for over 15 years. Anytime you might want to take a break from standard curriculum or daily routines, you will find my activities engaging and enriching. Teachers have let me know that my resources support easy-prep sub days, early finishers, high-achievers and are perfect for FUN Fridays as well! I hope that you can find resources to fill the same needs in your classroom!
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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences - Liberal Studies - San Diego State University - 1990: Elementary Education Credential - supplementary English authorization - SDSU - La Mesa/Spring Valley School District: GATE Certification - University of California San Diego
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Geometry, Science, Anatomy, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Native Americans, U.S. History, World Language, Chinese, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Music, Health, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Business, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Criminal Justice - Law, Forensics, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Products For TpT Sellers, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community