I have been teaching and coaching for over 10 years in grades K-5 in urban, suburban, rural, and now in international schools. I have also worked as a gifted and talented teacher for grades pk-12 and I now work with a class full of English language learners in an international school, so differentiation and extension are key components to lessons I design. I love all things literacy and I try to create more effective ways to promote deep thinking and lasting learning for the students and teachers I work with. Since I also do a lot of work training teachers, I have developed a passion for well-designed professional development. About my store name: I LOVE reading and I have always over-enthusiastically modeled this love of reading with my students in hopes they will love reading as well. Somewhere in my career I started using the send off "Happy reading!" after my mini lessons as students go off to read independently. They always giggle, which means they start their reading off with a smile on their face-- a great way to start any reading session!
Hands on, project-based learning with real world connections. My goal is always for deep and lasting learning.
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BS from Xavier University; EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education; EdM from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Lots and lots of professional development over the years, but the best by far has been attending the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute. Amazing!
I have an adorable family: two sons and a wonderful husband.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, EFL - ESL - ELD, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Professional Development, Instructional Technology, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For Administrators, Coaching, Phonics