I am a current 6th grade ELA teacher at Oakville Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. Reading and writing are my passions as well as incorporating technology into the classroom. I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Elementary Education and an eMINTS certification. I taught fourth grade my first year of teaching. Recently, I became a STEM Innovator for the Mehlville School District. More than just delivering lessons, I love to think, design, create, and reflect on all things educational.
Think. Create. Repeat. That pretty much sums up my first five years of teaching. What do I think about? Everything. Nothing. It all depends on the day. I brainstorm big ideas and plan projects. I think about how to incorporate district initiatives while designing my daily lessons. I ask questions and I solve problems. And, you know what? I enjoy it. I truly do. What do I create? All sorts of classroom resources. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved designing, creating, and building. It makes me feel alive. And happy! There is something highly rewarding about seeing an idea start as a small seed, begin to take root, and then grow and transform into something beautiful. Repeat. Why in the world would I re-think and re-create? Well, to test, troubleshoot, and try again helps me become a better teacher. It’s the whole growth mindset thing we’re trying to teach our students. Sure, it’s easy to say to ourselves that a lesson is great as it is. Why fix something that isn’t broken? But I bet if we look closely, we’ll find some small things that can be improved. It may be a challenge to do this consistently, but it’s important to not get too comfortable with the way things are. Changes are constantly coming at us. So why not embrace change? True growth happens when we venture out of our comfort zones and push past the way we’ve done things previously. There’s always something more to discover, more to learn, more to try. So yes, that is me in a nutshell. I think and I create, but most importantly I repeat. I re-think. I re-create. That is when I truly grow.
2016 STEM Innovator
2008 Fort Zumwalt High School 2012 Missouri State University - Elementary Education 2012 - eMINTS certification 2013 - English grades 5 - 9 certification
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