I have taught for 9 years as a classroom teacher and 5 years as both a Literacy Coach and Reading Specialist. I work closely with the 5th and 6th grade teachers, however, with regards to building professional development, I have worked with teachers in K-6. The groups of students I have taught the last four years in this role have evolved to encompass both intervening with small groups of struggling readers to enriching larger groups of strong readers. Plus, I've had the opportunity to teach groups ranging from grades K, 2-3rd, as well as 5th and 6th. This opportunity has opened my eyes to the foundation of literacy and how that follows through to the upper grades.
I believe in engaging students through humor, technology, student choice, and a sense of community. When I find what clicks for the group of students and individuals, I can begin to develop a relationship with the students on a level where learning can be fun. Providing students with opportunities to look at things in a different way and deepen their approach to analyzing a text provides students with confidence in themselves which ultimately is what I want to foster.
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I pursued my teaching degree at Illinois State University. After teaching for four years, I received my masters in Curriculum and Instruction through Nova Southeastern in Florida. More recently, I attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois to obtain a Reading Specialist masters degree. Furthermore, I am fortunate to be a part of a district that cultivates professional development opportunities from within. I attend an annual district symposium where fellow colleagues present ideas and techniques. I also had the opportunity to attend the International Reading Association's annual conference in McCormick Place in Chicago.
I have been married to my husband for 11 years this August. We have two daughters, ages 7 and 9. We recently adopted a puppy; a puggle we named Zoey.