I've been teaching since 1992, having taught all grade levels at one time or another, from Kindergarten up to what I teach now, 5th snd 6th grade Gifted and Talented students. Currently, my main teaching responsibilities include 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, 5th and 6th grade Science, Social Studies - World History, and Current Events. I am a state presenter at Michigan Social Studies Conferences and hold copyrights to many of the materials I have developed for my classroom to prepare students for the Social Studies MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program). I am also a Teacher Consultant for the Michigan Geographic Alliance. I provide Professional Development for teachers in my district, as well as surrounding districts. I have also taught undergraduate, 300 level reading courses for prospective teachers for Eastern Michigan University and am a former teaching methods instructor for The Univeristy of Michigan-Flint.
My teaching style is what I term "direct teaching." I engage my students in discussions about important topics, facilitate critical thinking, and encourage my students to ask questions. While I am sure to cover the required state and district grade level curriculum, I provide my students with many enriching and interesting topics and concepts that are relevant to their lives and the curriculum we cover in class.
State Presenter at Social Studies Conferences, certified Teacher Consultant for the Michigan Geographic Alliance, Teacher-As-Learner for the National Geogrpahic Society - Selected for a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Field Experience in 2004, certified in the Michigan Literacy Progress Profile Training for K-3, Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University, Master's Degree for Liberal Studies in American Culture from the University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science in Merchandising Management from Michigan State University, Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University, Master's Degree for Liberal Studies in American Culture from the University of Michigan
I am a single mother of three great kids. I live in the district in which I teach and am very involved in the community. My personal joys make me a more compassionate and devoted educator, as I always do for my students what I would want for my own children.