I moved to North Carolina in 1998 to teach Kindergarten and loved it for 15 years. I have recently "graduated" and have been teaching first grade for a year and a half now. I didn't think I could love it more than K, but I do!
My beliefs and feelings about teaching are demonstrated in my personal teaching style. They are central to how I teach. I am structured in schedule, yet flexible in differentiating for a child’s needs. I am a comedian when being silly with jokes and during songs, yet firm when it comes to discipline and learning expectations. I teach the state curriculum, yet I allow for exploration when my students find interest in other areas. My teaching style is one that ultimately takes into account the best interests of each student as well as those of my class as a whole. The one constant of my style is the desire to see each and every child succeed, with a smile.
National Board for Professional Standards Certificate (2007), Troutman Elementary Teacher of the Year (2007), Finalist for Iredell-Statesville Schools District Teacher of the Year (2007), Presenter at 17th National Quality Education Conference in Jacksonville, FL (2009), Co-author of American Society for Quality (ASQ) article “Creating Teacher Leaders with a Demonstration-classroom Model” (2010), Presenter at the first Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education in San Fransisco, CA (2014)
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1998) and Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology (1998)
I grew up in New England and moved to North Carolina in 1998. I have taught in NC at the same school for 17 years. I am married and have one son, who is in 4th grade. You can visit my school webpage at: http://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/2486