I have taught grades K-5 as a special education resource teacher. I have also taught grades 9-12 as a classroom social studies teacher.
I believe the most important building block of being a good teacher is to first build relationships with students. Nurture these relationships by making connections, taking an interest in their lives, and showing kindness and respect. Also, I believe learning must be fun and relevant. Using games, technology, and exploration helps motivate all students. A classroom where students are motivated and engaged as well as valued is a place where children learn to love school!
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I have a Bachelor's Degree from James Madison University in History and a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Education. I hold certifications in the following areas: special education, administration, history, and social studies.
I am a mom of 3 boys. One of my boys has Down syndrome and one has ADHD. My personal experiences with all of the challenges and celebrations associated with having Down syndrome or ADHD made me a better teacher and advocate for all children. I love movies! Going with my family is one of my favorite things to do! I also love any free time I get to read!