Hi! My name is Jessica, affectionately known as Jivey! I have 10 years of classroom teaching experience in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, and 7 years of professional development delivery experience in ELA and Social Studies. I am currently creating curriculum, sharing ideas, and mentoring other teachers, as well as continuing to deliver professional development sessions on utilizing mentor texts and mentor sentences in the classroom. Although I miss being in the classroom, my passion has always been to help instill best practices in other teachers, and I'm so lucky to be able to call my dream, "a job." It is humbling, yet exciting, to know I am affecting classrooms worldwide!
I believe in the workshop model and using small groups to most effectively reach all learners. These also are the best methods for a balanced literacy approach.
Teacher of the Year Nominee 2013, 2014
Outstanding Master of Education Student in Early Childhood Education
University of West Georgia Dean's List
Specialist in Teacher Leadership, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA, December 2012.
Master of Education with a Reading Endorsement, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, July 2007. GPA 4.0
Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, December 2005.
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Basic Math, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Decimals, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year, Close Reading, Classroom Community