I have 13 years in the classroom, two of which I was able to experience abroad - one year in an England public school and one year in a New Zealand public school.
Communication is 7% word, 38% tone and 55% body language. And although I have become a lover of oral and written language, this is how I operate in the classroom... along with visuals aplenty. To give you a little historical perspective I should share that I barely made it through grades 7-12 myself. I was not engaged, nor did teachers attempt to engage me as a potential learner. However, to be honesty, this experience perfectly shaped my teaching style and how I interact with my class. When you see what I create know that it is original and, in a way, a chance for me to flex my creative side yet push kids beyond the status quo. My products are exactly what I would use with my own students. So, to be specific, my teaching style goal is to continually, positively even intensely engage a variety of thinking skills and habits where student participation is active.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Recipient 2010-2011 Brighton, England Year 5
First an AA from Clark Community College (and if it were not for the community college I would not be here). Afterwards I earned my BA in Elementary Education from Washington State University - GO COUGS! Then ten years later, I decided to get an MA in Educational Technology from American College of Education.
After being ridiculously honored with the opportunity to teach and live with the whanau in Brighton for one year, we had to try it again. So we did. This time in Aotearoa, otherwise known as Whakatane (Fa-ka-ta-knee), New Zealand.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Math, Algebra, Geometry, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Word Problems, Reading Strategies, Close Reading