I have been teaching 8th grade American History for four years now. I love what I do and I have an awesome team that I work with daily.
With middle school students you have to keep it lively. Sometimes we may get a little crazy in class. If you were to pop in on my class you may find us all decked out in our custom made pirate hats, talking with british accents and plundering our way through stories of early exploration and pirates. Or we may be standing around the room debating major topics in American History. Just about everyday there is something wild going on where we are interacting with history. I tell my students each year that my goal is to challenge their thinking and how they view history. That I will challenge them to not just look at the details and small facts and people and places but to step back and see the bigger picture and look at the world through multiple perspectives.
I was awarded the golden apple in college at the conclusion of my student teaching. It was the "Jimmy Bilbo Excellence in student teaching award."
I graduated in May 2008 with my bachelors degree in History Education. I then went on to complete my Masters of Education in Classroom Teaching, finishing that in the summer of 2011. Right now I am currently working on my Education Specialist degree, which I will have completed in the summer 2013.
Pirates of the Caribbean are my favorite set of movies. One day when I grow up I would love to be a Pirate!