I spent my first year teaching fifth grade. I almost lasted the entire year. As a result, I've spent the last several years teaching in a preschool and I can't imagine doing anything else. I've worked with children with disabilities, children in Head Start programs, and children learning English. Recently, I became trained to teach the Incredible Years program to other teachers. You can learn more about that here: http://incredibleyears.com
My philosophy is that we all learn through play. Young children especially love to explore and don't have any preconceptions about what they can't do. My lessons reflect this by providing open-ended materials and activities based largely on the children's interests (I do like to sneak in some of my own now and then). By encouraging children to interact with the materials on their own level, we can challenge them to think so that they'll be ready for kindergarten. Feel free to ask me to create anything except worksheets. If you're teaching preschool with worksheets, you're doing it wrong.
Passed my Praxis II in the top 25%! As a teacher, I have yet to receive any awards other than the daily admiration of my kids.
PreK-6 Teaching degree in VA: 2006 BK (Birth-Kindergarten) add-on and Early Childhood Credentials: 2008
My husband and I have been married since 2008. We have no kids and 2 cats.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Environment, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Music, Other (Music), Computer Science - Technology, Drama, Curriculum & Instruction, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Professional Development, Character Education, Physical Science, Study Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Classroom Community