I am in my 12th year of teaching 4th grade. Currently I am piloting an integrated language arts/social studies class. I have also taught 9 years of kindergarten, 2 years of 5th grade, and 1 year of middle school special education.
I love to teach using themes! I am constantly trying to connect my language arts skills with topics relevant to the other subject areas. I feel students learn so much more if they can see how events are related to each other. I find myself creating a lot of my own materials because commercial products for the intermediate grades are still fairly divided among subjects. That's okay, though. I'm finding that my custom-made activities are the ones the students are most successful with!
Accomplished rating in OTES system; Highly Effective value added teacher; Unit leader position in 2 different grade levels; Cooperative teacher to several student teachers Recipient of Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Education Award 2015 Accepted to write curriculum for Ohio as America Project Selected to present at OAASFEP State Conference (Connecting Ohio's New Learning Standards
Bachelor of Arts in Education: Muskingum College; Masters of Arts in Teaching & Curriculum: Miami University
I enjoy helping my husband run outdoor science educational trips to the western and southern states during the summer months.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Computer Science - Technology, Drama, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Australian History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Economics , Character Education, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month, Classroom Community