I've taught 3rd grade and all grades in high school (ELA and; Social Studies). I've been the Youth and Education Ambassador for Mensa, and am a professional development facilitator, and an international speaker on issues of gifted education. I also have a great time writing award-winning lesson plans, consulting for television shows, and writing for the Library of Congress, as well as magazine articles. I share resources for educators and parents on my website giftedguru.com.
My teaching style emphasizes engagement and quality activities. I love using music and action to bring content alive and take it deep. Build a river down the middle of the room? Check. Create Gatsby's house out of sugar cubes? You bet. Use lyrics to teach literary elements? Of course! Dance the times tables? Sure. I'm a GT person, and I think it stands for Good Teaching as much as Gifted and Talented. I share resources that work for all students, because good teaching is good teaching.
- Christa McAuliffe Teacher Hall of Fame - APEX Grand Award for lesson plans
I've got two degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington - a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the Honors College, and an M.Ed.T. with English as my content area. I've also done the administration grad work for when I thought being an administrator was a good fit for me!
I'm married to an Aussie software engineer, and we have three sons. I love to read and organize and dance and create stuff for teachers (no lie - it's a hobby!). I'm a genealogist, and I love my Golden Retriever, Brody. I stay busy with family and church and playing with teacher friends.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Curriculum & Instruction, Education, Australian History, Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, For Administrators, Test Preparation, End of Year, Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx Studies