I have taught in both public and private schools for 8 years and have also homeschooled my own children. Each experience has its own challenges to overcome and rewards to enjoy. I have enjoyed coaching new teachers as well as sharing and receiving resources and ideas from teachers both new and experienced in the field.
I enjoy teaching with students learning along with me, sharing their thinking while I encourage them to go even deeper with their processing. We are very hands-on in first grade with hugs to all before leaving each day. My students won't remember every lesson that I spent hours preparing, but they will always remember whether or not I loved them.
I was chosen as Teacher-of-the-Year in 2010-2011.
I attended private school from Kindergarten through tenth grades and then finished the remaining years of high school at a fine arts magnet school in my hometown. I received my BA in Early Childhood Education and later completed my Masters in Integrating Technology in the Classroom.
I married my high school sweetheart and we have two children. My oldest son was diagnosed with cancer when he was eleven years old, and that has been a test of faith, strength, and balance. I am very active in church and enjoy spending time with my family, reading, crocheting, cross-stitching, and researching innovative ideas in education in my free time.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, End of Year