I currently teach 5th grade Science and Social Studies in Charlotte, NC. • Traveled to Kilgoris, Kenya to teach literacy courses in local schools (Summer 2014) • Taught 6th Grade Social Studies in Charlotte, NC (2011-2014) • Provided professional development for local teachers in Nonthaburi, Thailand to aid in their English language instruction (Summer, 2013) • Planned and implemented English camps for students at Nonthaburi Christian Academy in Thailand(Summer, 2013) • Taught 6th grade at Talitha Kume Christian Academy in Arandis, Namibia (Summer 2012) • Traveled to Jos, Nigeria and helped in the development of a supplemental education program for the children of the Kisayhip tribe (Summer 2010) • Taught grades 4-6 at the Sierra Madre Christian Academy in Monterrey, MX (2009-2011)
I believe that effective teaching at any level requires differentiated instruction, authentic assessment, modeling, feedback, clear objectives, real-world application, knowledge and excitement about the subject, and engaging activities that promote critical thinking. Therefore, my teaching philosophy is a student-centered, constructivist approach rooted in authentic assessment that allows students to experience learning first-hard and demonstrate deep understanding. I believe that students learn best when they are challenged to think deeply and apply their skills to new and relevant situations, in a hands-on environment. I strive to create a classroom community that teaches students to think critically and independently, to apply their skills in producing high-quality work, to take initiative, and to work collaboratively with one another. Therefore, regardless of content, I believe in using pedagogy that challenges students to create, engage, and understand academic subjects through research, writing, inquiry and technology. Each of these components allow me to design and implement lessons, through the use of backward design, that will teach for true understanding.
Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year Award • Servant Leadership Award Scholarship
I hold undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education, Social Studies and Language Arts, as well as an MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum, with a concentration Global & International Education.
Outside of school, I love traveling, hiking, reading, floating in the pool on sunny days, and trying new recipes.