I have been a teacher for 31 years. My first classroom was on the tiny island of Guam. After teaching Kindergarten for 21 years, I was finally promoted to 1st grade. I have been happily teaching 1st for 10 years now, I love it! Every year I have proclaimed this is the best class I've ever had. This, to me, is proof that I am doing what I am meant to do! TEACHING 1st GRADE!
My school has been named Apple Distinguished school for 2014-2016. Our honor will be extended to 2019 as we have been awarded Apple Distinguished school, again. I am and have been on the school's Apple team. I am also an Apple Teacher. Our teachers are encouraged to use technology as much as possible. So, I use a lot of iPad activities to teach. Most of the worksheets that I create can be easily used on an app called SHOWBIE. It takes a bit to get used to, but once your kids figure it out, it saves time, paper, and money. I have been creating iPad games for the app Tiny Tap, lately. Anyone can do this and it is super fun. It is a tremendous resource for teachers, too. Check it out! Here's my Tiny Tap profile: https://www.tinytap.it/community/profile/sandersj/
I have been named Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014! I'm very humbled. It is an awesome experience to be recognized by your co-workers for doing what you love! Other Awards I have received: Teacher of the Year candidate for my district in 1998-1999. Teacher of the Year 2001-2002 Showbie Champion Tiny Tap Trusted Teacher
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I am married to my high school sweetheart, Dannie. We have been married for 37 years. We have 2 kids, Emalee and Clint. We have 3 adorable grandchildren, Caylan, 9, a beautiful granddaughter, Jade who will be 4 soon, another grandson that is 18 months old, and one grandson who will soon be born, Wesley. Teaching has surrounded my life forever. I married into a family of teachers and I am a 2nd generation teacher. I am always trying to fill the "BIG" shoes that my sweet Mama left. She loved her job and was thrilled to help her daughter (me) begin her teaching career 20+ years ago. My mom has been gone for a while now but I know she would be proud to see where I have come in my teaching career. I love creating materials to use in my classroom just as she did. However, the technology has soared since her time in the classroom. My mom's belief for each child was, "I am, I can, I will". I love to see children discovering this truth as well!
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