I have been teaching for over 25 years. The majority of those years have been spent teaching third grade in the same school I attended as a child. During those 25 years, I have amassed an abundance of knowledge as well as inspiration which I apply daily to my classroom teachings. Throughout the years, I have held various positions as well as attended numerous trainings including but not limited to the following: Master Teacher; District Mentor Teacher, developed curriculum for Learning Centers and trained WSD teachers in their use; BTSA Support Provider; Math Mania Coach and proctor at district competitions; District Library Committee, aligned library resources with texts and standards; SOAR Reading and Project Read Teacher; Conflict Manager Teacher/Student Trainer, provided training for WSD teachers at District workshops as well as staff development; English Language Class Teacher for Parents/Students; UCI Reading/Writing Program participant, provided staff training on word study and other aspects of program; Differentiated Instruction Training/ Focused Approach Training; GATE Task Force Team; Arts Advantage Trained; GLAD Trained.
I instill hope, inspire confidence, and provide for opportunities that my students may not otherwise encounter. I put my heart and soul into the profession, devoting much of my time and energy to the cause of educating children. I never lower my standards to meet the perceived expectations of my students yet raise their expectations to meet my standards.
Awarded mini-grant for the development of literacy; PTA Honorary Service Award recipient; District Teacher of the Year; Who's Who Among America's Teachers (Honoring Our Nation's Most Respected Teachers) 9th Edition, 2004-2005, Volume VIIII; Golden Apple Award; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 10th Edition, 2005-2006, Volume X
BA in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach; MA in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach; Multiple Subjects Credential; CLAD Credential; GATE Certified, GLAD Certified
I consider a student's desire and goal to go to college and the actualization of that goal to be among my greatest contributions and accomplishments in teaching.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Science, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Instrumental Music, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Study Skills, Library Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year