I have been working with young children since I was sixteen years old, and was a counselor in training at summer camp. After seven years counseling, directing, teaching,and organizing camping and outdoor education programs, I began pursuing my teaching certification. I interned and worked at a Head Start, a daycare, and a Reggio Emilia based child development center with young children, all before finding my home as a kindergarten teacher for the public school system. I taught kindergarten in Michigan for eight years before taking a leap and moving to Australia! I have taught Foundation, Grade 1, and Grade 3/4 in Victoria, and I love the adventures that teaching always brings along!
I believe in a classroom that honors children where they are, and teaches them to be the best people they can be as they grow. I am energetic and creative, and use lots of songs, music, games, and hands on experiments and activities in my classroom. I am also passionate about workshop teaching, using both writing and reading workshops in my class to meet students exactly where they are and help them to move forward. Most of all, I believe that teachers need to connect with their students in order to inspire their learning and growth.
Phi Beta Kappa Nominated for Teacher of the Year - 2011
Bachelors Degree in Psychology and French from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Study abroad in St. Malo, France Study abroad in Strasbourg, France MA of Arts in Education, University of Michigan, Flint
In addition to being a passionate teacher, I am an avid traveler. I believe in sharing these experiences with my students, opening the world up to them through my stories. Please visit my blog here: http://www.teachingace.com
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, Drama, Other (Specialty), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Informational Text, School Psychology, Engineering, Phonics