This is my 16th year of teaching. I've taught in rural South Carolina, on an Indian Reservation in Arizona, and in a primarily Spanish speaking public school in the downtown Phoenix area.
I love planning lessons AND teaching them! It's a tough job and we're grossly underpaid, but every day I pray that my classroom will be a place that BOTH my students and I enjoy being in, and after 16 years it still is (thankfully!). In my classroom, I have a wall for reading, grammar, writing and math. Each wall includes vocabulary posters, anchor charts, daily objectives, and sentence frames to guide student discussion and assist them in using their academic vocabulary. I change my walls for every standard. My team and I strive to keep students actively engaged by planning a variety of lesson activities that require students to demonstrate their understanding often (real-time assessments) and discuss their learning often (partner/group sharing). I intend to upload tons of stuff, including all of my posters and activities. Please check back frequently!
While teaching in a multi-grade classroom on an Indian Reservation in Arizona, I was awarded the Governor's Special Recognition Award for teaching in 2007 and 2008, the Governor's Recognition of Excellence Award in 2009, and the Best Teacher Award in 2010.
I'm from the east coast, but fell in love with the southwest and relocated here 12 years ago. I love to hike, camp, create things for my classroom, spend time with my nieces and nephews, and play with my four dogs.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Fractions, Graphing, Measurement, Science, Social Studies - History, ELA Test Prep, Critical Thinking, Literature, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading