I have been a teacher for 19 years. I have always taught ESOL kids. My classroom experience has been with 4th and 5th grades. I've taught 5th grade English Language Arts in a bilingual program. I was an ESOL for 4 years. I was also the Newcomers teacher for those 4 years, working with kids who were brand new English language learners. My newcomers classroom had up to 5 different languages all together grades 2-5 at the same time.
I like to keep things simple and very explicit. I'm not muh on the cutesy side, I blame that on my intermediate classroom years. I want my activities to be fun and engaging for my students. The more hands on it can be the better, but at the same time I think it is importan that they have the chance to write things down, and solidify the material in their minds. I also want to keep things simple on teachers too. If it's too involved, or complicated nobody has time for that! This site has helped me so much and I hope that some of the things I have mae will save other teachers time too!
The smiles and hugs that I get from my students and past students are all the recognition that I need. I've reached that point where my old students are coming in with their own children. I love that they still want to talk and say smile with me.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, an ESOL endorsement and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading.
I have two onery boys that are growing like weeds. As a family we love to go camping, hiking and travel around to new adventures whenever we can.