26 years classroom experience (2 yrs high school, 17 middle school, and 7 working as a teacher's assistant at grades 1, 4, and 6). 5 years working as part of an intervention program (strategic level) 8 years ELD, 7 years as substance prevention program advisor, 4 years working with Migrant,
I believe that as students experience genuine achievement, they take a greater interest in increasing their own knowledge. For students to succeed, they need to see patterns in the subject matter and be given opportunities to find those patterns through whole as an overview instruction, as well as parts-to-the-whole instruction, and be given lots of repetition and visual presentations. Expect that they CAN achieve, and make lessons come alive, sneaking past their defenses, and they WILL learn - even against their will!
Who's Who in American Teachers 2000 Jordan Fundamentals Grant recipient Intel Teach to the Future 2001 Kern Business Alliance Educator of the Year 2002 FSD Teacher of the year 2002 Superhero Teacher 2006 (joint program of Office Depot and Marvel Comics) One Classroom at a Time recipient 2007 Teacher of the Year 2013 District "Empowering Educators" grant award 2014 Donors Choose "Wearable Language" grant 2014 Teacher Hero, Teacher of the Month KAXL Radio (January) 2015 District Leadership award 2015
Liberal, Business, English, CLAD, and was a part of a Common Core consortium for Rigorous Curriculum Design 2013-2014 (300+ hours creating "traditional curriculum," but I prefer creating highly visual TOOLS to support the traditional curriculum). Currently working on a masters.
I enjoy teaching. Above that even, I enjoy reaching. Most of my products are designed to fill some gap in the scaffolding of one or more of my students, All of my best files are student inspired, student desired, and teacher created.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Basic Reading, Writing, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, Test Preparation, Close Reading