I have taught for 20 years at the elementary level. My teaching experience includes 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. I currently teach 5th grade and have been at this position for 13 years now.
My belief is that all children will learn when exposed to knowledge and activities that engage them. The job of the teacher is to provide new opportunities and experiences for children that are engaging and purposeful. The teacher's knowledge of developmental appropriateness and current standards and pedagogy are essential to the success of all students in the classroom.
Two research articles published in Illinois Reading Council Journal; Barnes & Noble Favorite Teacher Winner for local contest in April 2012 -- sent to Regional contest for further competition
I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading and Language Arts. I've also earned a Master's Degree in the area of Reading.
My life is busy! I am married and am a mom to two growing boys. It seems we're always moving, but we enjoy our downtime too. I love my job and strive to find balance between family, friends, work, and church.