I am currently a Reading Coach, but was a Kindergarten Teacher for seven years prior to becoming the Reading Interventionist for six years. I have training in Reading Recovery, Project Read, and Orton Gillingham Multisensory Language Instruction. I know work with teachers, helping analyze data, planning instruction, and developing intervention plans. I served as the SST and 504 Coordinator, and as a model kindergarten classroom for our school. I also served as one of three Intetrventionist on the District Interventionist Leadership Team in 2010-2011training other Interventionists on small group instruction, and have been a Mentor Trainer for the District. I currently serve on our School Intervention Team and assist with planning interventions, staff development on RTI/Interventions.
I am a whatever works kind of teacher. I prefer hands on, integrated, multi-modal instruction, but my teaching style is dictated by the needs of the teachers and students I work with. I often incorporate music, movement, and high interest materials when teaching students.
I recieved my National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist on my first attempt with a perfect score on the on the Literacy Component of my portfolio. I was the District Distinguished Teacher of Reading in 2015. I have presented at the 2008 SCIRA Conference on Brain Development and Early Literacy. .
I have a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, a Masters of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in Columbia, SC, and have completed all but a pilot study and dissertation for my PhD in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. In addition, I completed the graduate level training for Reading Recovery from Clemson Univeristy, and the Orton Gillingham Assoicate level training .I hold highly qualified certification status in Early Childhood , Elementary Education, and Reading Teacher. I am also designated as a Mentor Trainer for the District.
I have two children, and am married to my high school sweetheart. My oldest daughter is 21, married, working on a degree in early intervention with the goal of a Master's in Speech Pathology while moving around with her husband who is in the Navy, currently in New Bern, NC. My youngest child is in the 3rd grade. I have a sister who is a Special Education teacher and a brother in law enforcement who struggled to learn to read due to dyslexia. I have lots of animals and would have been a Veternarian if I wasn't a teacher. We currently have 5 dogs (3 resuces), a cat, 1 bearded dragon, 1 velied chameleon, and 2 goats named Romeo and Juliette. My parents live within walking distance of my home and are wildlife rehabilitators, so we have lots of deer, raccoons, squirrels, and other assorted animals around. Life is fun, crazy, chaotic, and never boring!