I've been teaching for 18 years. I feel fortunate to have such a great career, and I'm excited to be able to share my work through Teachers Pay Teachers. I have taught grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. This year, I'm teaching third grade. Many of my TPT products are for younger grades. Please be on the look-out for more middle-grade materials as well. I've always enjoyed finding fun, effective ways to teach standards. When I began teaching, I wrote songs to meet state standards. In the last 17 years, I've written over 300 "Edutunes" songs that teach reading, writing, math, science, character education, and more. My most recent music CD-book sets are "Common Core KinderMath" and "Common Core 1st Grade Math," both designed to teach Common Core State standards through 30+ songs.
I love finding ways to motivate children. I keep in mind a quote from Herbert Kohl: "One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limits to one's growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn." I try to post things on TPT that inspire my children, and bring them to a level of learning beyond anything I believed was possible.
My "Edutunes" have been recognized by many other publishers and professional organizations. Staff Development for Educators, the Institute for Educational Development, the Bureau of Education and Research, and independent school districts have hired me to give professional development seminars. Several companies, including NASA, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Pearson Learning, have licensed songs to enhance their programs.
I received my bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Humane Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I received my teaching credential with SDAIE (E.L.L.) emphasis and master's degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University in San Diego, CA.
When I'm not teaching, creating music, or logging onto TPT, I love surfing on small Hawaiian waves with my husband, Rob; walking my dog, Ipo; and enjoying time with other family & friends.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Numbers, Science, Biology, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Other (Music), Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Life Skills, Character Education, Word Problems, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Informational Text, Phonics