33 years in education: - Elementary Curriculum Specialist (Child Dev. - 5th grade) - Classroom Teacher: 2nd and 4th grades - District Brain Compatible Instructional Coach - District Literacy Specialist -National Presenter as Teacher of Teachers and Teacher of Students at Model Teaching Weeks
I believe you must create a physical and emotional environment that is conducive to learning. Building trusting and positive relationships comes first. Engaging the student through collaboration, creativity, music, and movement are all elements that make learning active, fun, and memorable.
Personal Awards/Honors: - National Board Certification (Early Literacy) - South Carolina State Teacher of the Year Finalist 2003 - Horry County Teacher of the Year 2003 - Education Student Teacher of the Year -VFW State Teacher of the Year School Awards/Honors: - National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (3 times) - Palmetto's Finest
- Associate's Degree in Nursing from Clemson University - Bachelor's Degree in Early Elementary Education from University of South Carolina - Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Coastal Carolina University
Originally from Columbia, SC, I now live in Myrtle Beach, SC with my husband. I have two grown-up sons (literally speaking only) and 3 young grandchildren. My husband, Ansel, owns and manages a soccer store. I am newly retired, but substituting in the school district that I have been a part of for 33 years. My favorite noneducational quote is: "You don't quit playing when you grow old, you grow old when you quit playing!"
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Statistics, Character Education, General Science, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Poetry, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text