I have been teaching for 11 years. My career began in the U.S. Virgin Islands where I taught for five years. Year one was in a transition class where I worked with 3-5 grade students who were not yet ready for the next grade level. The following four years I lived my dream as a kindergarten teacher. After moving back home to Ohio, I spent a year teaching in a Montessori Preschool, where I learned many new ways to transform my classroom to facilitate a developmentally appropriate learning environment for young learners. Following this experience, I had the opportunity to by a founding teacher in a blended learning charter school located in the heart of central Cleveland as a co-teaching kindergarten teacher. Finally, I have landed in the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools for the past three years as a kindergarten teacher, and am loving every minute of my job!
If you walked in my classroom, you would see scholars working in a rotational model, with a small group instruction table, an iPad station with individualized learning paths for each scholar, tinker time, and content shelves with independent practice work. The volume is a low buzz, and students are manipulating hands-on materials to problem solve and answer questions. Cooperative learning is evident daily as scholars work together and have a lot of choice as to what work they do. Every lesson is data driven and informed, and groups are fluid based on the standards being taught. 100% meaningful individualized student engagement is the heart of my desire each day.
Accomplished Teacher 2014-16
I attended John Carroll University for my undergraduate degree.
I am a mother of two amazing children, and a proud wife. In my attempt to balance home life with school, I have found many things that work to make my work more efficient. My hope is that I can share some of the things that work for me, and they can help you too!