I have been an intermediate classroom teacher for ten years. I am currently on a yearlong sabbatical to redevelop and improve upon personally hand-crafted lessons I have been using during my decade of teaching. Being blessed with some extra time, I have been given the luxury of inventing practical, time-saving tools for the classroom teacher, too.
Learning is fun. I have a hard time hearing people saying that learning can be fun. What is more fun than coming to a better understanding of the world around you, regardless of the size of the bit of information? Students, as well as all, should be given the opportunities to discover information and experience the thrill of taking ownership of a concept or a fact or an idea. My teaching style (as well as my curriculum) encourages students to ask questions, to develop skills to find answers, and to apply their new knowledge to their world.
Due to the strong writing skills of a fifth grade student, who wrote some nice things about me, I was honored with being declared “The Teacher of the Month” by a local magazine. I got a plaque and my student, Dylan, got published for the first time. Pretty cool.
I studied archaeology, technical theatre, art history, and sociology at the University of Northern Iowa during my undergraduate years. At Northwest Christian College I earned my Masters in Pastoral Counseling and I did my pedagogical studies at Western Oregon University.
I love to play Scrabble and Words with Friends.