I have been teaching 6th grade in the Shawnee Mission School District for 23 years. Shawnee Mission is located in Kansas.
Based on my entrepreneurial background, I view my teaching style as that of a facilitator rather than simply an instructor. I feel it is my job to put students in a learning environment which offers differentiated opportunities for each student. I believe each student is able to be successful in his/her own way. It is my job to help each student discover what strengths she/she may posses and how to utilize them to their fullest potential. The saying "My Education Is My Responsibility" has been at the front of my class everyday for the past 23 years, and I feel it sums up my teaching philosophy.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year 2004, Shawnee Mission Schools Outstanding Master of Arts Graduate for 1993 graduating class National PTA Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award, nominee Disney’s American Teacher Awards, nominee Friends of Special Education Award, Shawnee Mission Schools Kindest Kansas Citian Award, multiple nominations and top 10 finalist Maxie Dupree Humanitarian Award, nominee Outstanding Teacher Award – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Outstanding Service Award, Shawnee Mission Schools Who’s Who among American Teachers Shawnee Mission District News Featured Teacher, 2008
Masters of Arts in Teaching, Awarded with Distinction, Computer Emphasis, Webster University Bachelor of Arts in Education, Awarded with Distinction, University at Missouri at Kansas City Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Kansas Thirty graduate hours beyond Masters, 15 independent study hours in teaching Economics Fifth and sixth grade teacher in Shawnee Mission Schools from 1990 to current - Teaching a self-contained classroom - Designing and implemented innovative methods for cross-curricular integration Pre Algebra instructor for advanced students Kansas Teaching License, certified K-9, Highly Qualified Designation, Kansas Board of Education
Manager of Aspen East Ski Shop – 1971 to 1975 Responsible for equipment sales and rentals, employee hiring and inventory control Owner Joe Falk Construction – 1971 to 1978 Bid, managed and oversaw commercial and residential remodeling projects. National Sales and Promotions, Garden Maid Division 1976 to 1978 Call on regional distributors related to the introduction of innovative gardening tool and associated promotional activities Field Superintendent and Project Manager, J. E. Dunn Jr. and Associates 1978-1980 Supervision and coordination of employees, project scheduling and completion Owner Joe Falk Construction – 1980 to 1990 Bid, managed and oversaw commercial and residential remodeling projects. Elementary Teacher – 1990 to current Fifth and sixth grade