It has been my great pleasure to spend my entire career at Freeburg Elementary School in Freeburg, Illinois. I began at the pre-school in 1982, moved to the grade school in 1988 and have been there ever since. I've taught first, second, and third grade. I also teach in the Education Division at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois and I teach Reading and Children's Literature at Southerwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois.
I enjoy engaging, student centered lessons that allow me to learn right along with my students. I try to create a balanced literacy program and prefer student made projects to communicate learning rather than worksheets.
St. Clair County Golden Apple Award, Illinois State Board of Education Teacher of the Year Finalist, Emerson Electric "Those Who Excel" Award, Monroe County Electric Coop Classroom Enhancement Award
Belleville Township High School West Belleville, IL Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois (BS) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois (MS)
I am always eager to speak with groups about Living Kidney Donation or other Organ Donation. I donated a kidney to my husband in 2001 and my son recently donated a kidney in November 2011.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, Visual Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Geography, Other (ELA), Literature, Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, General Science, Basic Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Informational Text, Engineering