I taught full-time for 22 years and 4 years as a tutor, math coach, and substitute before retiring. I began teaching 6th grade, both self-contained and departmentalized ELA, found my niche in 5th-grade general education, and found my joy in 5th-grade math/science! I've mentored new and experienced educators and helped roll out the Common Core Curriculum for my district.
I believe that "children must hold math in their hands before they can hold it in their heads". I strive to maintain a needs-driven, hands-on, student-engaged classroom. Math games are my jam! I say, "Show me a worksheet and I'll make it into a game!" Practicing math skills with games is far more engaging and just as worthwhile! I also believe incorporating the arts into content makes it more meaningful and memorable.
●State presenter for NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics
●Teacher of the Year
●Math Committee Chair
●Elementary Math Teacher of the Year
●Helped translate district 5th-grade math Common Core Standards
●Facilitated regular professional development meetings on CCSS ●Managed and taught advanced math program
●B.A., Education, University of North Carolina
●Associate Degree, Sandhills Community College
I love my TpT work! When I'm not engaging in the world of education, I'm relearning how to sew and brushing up on piano skills.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, Arts & Music, Music, Physical Education, Special Education, Health, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, British History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Religion, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year, Engineering