I've taught 3rd grade and all grades in high school (ELA & Social Studies). I'm the Youth and Education Ambassador for Mensa, 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'm the Chair of the Gifted Plus Division of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, and I serve on the board of directors of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). 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 the wife of a terrific Aussie, 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 wish I knit better, and I also wish my husband wanted a dog as much as I do! Dream dogs: Golden Retrievers and Wheaten Terriers. I stay busy with family and church and playing with teacher friends.
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Education, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, End of Year