Wow! Thanks for taking the time to look me up! I have been a part of this wonderful profession for 20+ years. I have had the pleasure of working with students from all over the world, at various levels of language and academic abilities! The bulk of my experience is with students K-12, however have also taught at the pre-K and college levels as well. I work closely not only with mainstream teachers, but also special education teachers and speech pathologists to help meet students’ IEP goals. This broad knowledge base has afforded me a true understanding of where students are now and where they need to head for future success. My career began as a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools, but currently I’m a K-12 English Language Development Specialist for a large district in Saint Louis, Missouri. In addition to receiving an MA in Linguistics & Equity in Education, I also achieved National Board Certification in English Language Development. I am also a Fulbright Scholar and former University of Chicago Fellow. I have been published in TESOL’s on-line SLW Newsletter for second language writing, MIDTESOL Matters, the peer review journal-The Conference Proceedings as well as Phi Kappa Phi’s National Forum magazine (sorry it doesn't let me italicize/underline). I have presented at regional, state and national levels on topics such as the language and learning issues of international adoptees, pull-out ELL programs, standards-based curriculum writing, as well as innovative spelling and grammar techniques. In effort to give back to the profession, I have joined the ranks as a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Reviewer. In this role, we review university programs across the country as part of the accreditation process. I also provide support for fellow ELD National Board Candidates across the country. Lastly, I created www.ESLanswers.com - a FREE website that helps practicing ESL/ELL teachers connect with one another, share their teaching stories and problem-solve everyday teaching dilemmas; providing support and guidance in a safe, sharing on-line community. Thanks for reading!
My focus is centered on developing new techniques and creating materials that are systematic and scaffolded, using strategies and cuing system to support student learning. For me it is all about finding ways that make abstract concepts more concrete for the students. There is no “toss it at them and see what sticks” philosophy here! We have to be careful not to teach/provide materials that are only a presentation of information. They need to be thoughtfully structured and organized to assist students in their own learning process. It is the learners’ job to learn the information. But as teachers, our part is to provide multiple opportunities at the students’ level of readiness and interest, and make that information comprehensible to students. Teaching is an artistry and true craft! Whoever said, “Those who can’t do, teach.” clearly had no idea what they were talking about! I love LOVE the work of Dr.Sousa’s research on the brain, Dr.Marzano , Dr.Pickerson & Dr.Pollock’s strategies for increasing student achievement, Dr.Wiggins & Dr. McTighe’s Backward Design and Dr.Tomlinson insights on differentiation. One word for all of it- Delicious!
I’m a traveling teacher in our district. I have been in/out of 15+ buildings over the last 13 years. In this situation, most people don’t get the chance to really know me and what I do. But that is OK. I’m not the type to seek out awards/merits- Not that I’m against them! :-) Kudos to all who get the awesome recognition they deserve! My recognition comes from the 'honor' of doing something I enjoy; being 'awarded' daily with Aha!s from students; and as for a 'shining teacher moment?' When you work with kids, those are endless!
-Bachelor of Arts in History & Culture -Bachelor of Science in Education -Master of Arts in Educational Policy & Leadership focus on Linguistics & Educational Equality -National Board Certification in English Language Development -Countless Post Graduate hours…..
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