I have fourteen years of elementary teaching experience in three different states. I spent four years teaching fifth and third grades in Utah, seven years teaching third grade in Colorado and one year teaching third and two years teaching second in grade Michigan.
I love differentiating for all learners, so reader's and writer's workshop, focusing on conferring with students are two of my favorite times of the school day! I am passionate about making sure every student is challenged at an appropriate level, and this is reflected in the products I offer. Differentiated third grade homework menus and math challenges & brainteasers are some of my favorite products that were originally created as I attempted to meet the needs of advanced students in my own classrooms.
As a last day gift I received a framed artwork from a student which states: SMITH POWER 100% smarts 100% kindness 1,000,000% fun! I'm pretty sure that counts as an award.
B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University 2001 ESL endorsement 2006 M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading from Grand Canyon University 2010
I live near Kalamazoo, Michigan with my hubby, son, and minpin Lily. I am a font enthusiast and have been known to retype entire documents solely for font control. I tried to get better about this, but it's only become worse as I create more and more TpT products. Now not only am I crazy about fonts, but I'm also wild about clip art! I hope to create print & go products that save teachers time and make students' classroom lives more engaging and enjoyable. Thanks for checking out my store!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Library Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Summer, End of Year