I have always worked with young children and currently teach first grade. Yes, I am still a full time classroom teacher! I am trained in Reading Recovery and I did literacy intervention for first grade students for 15 years. I taught kindergarten for 21 years. I love working with young students and families. I absolutely LOVE my job!!!
I consider myself creative practitioner of the teaching arts. My classroom is a vibrant place where young students can learn and grow using a variety of media and modalities. We do arts, crafts, games and hands on learning experiences that engage children in the collaborative work of learning together. There are many opportunities for critical thinking and creative expression each day. I want my students to LOVE learning and I consider that the most important part of my job.
Reading Recovery Certified Teacher
UC Santa Barbara - B.A. Communication Studies, SF State University - CA CLAD multi-subject credential K-6, St. Mary's University - Reading Recovery Certification, University of the Pacific - Environmental Education (Green Schools), Silicon Valley Math Initiative - trained 2016, Mindful Schools - trained 2016, Teaching Through Problem Solving - trained 2017
Please see my blog for more info on my teaching and personal interests: Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Entrepreneurship, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, Coaching, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community