I have been teaching in a public school setting for 18 years and I have loved every last bit of it! I'm still excited to go to work each day and spend much of my free time planning new ways to challenge the munchkins. :)
My classroom tends to be a bit noisy with munchkins moving all about the room independently. I prefer a Balanced Literacy approach to teaching, hands-on experiences, and enjoy teaching with limited worksheets. I have adopted a family atmosphere in which the kiddos seem to thrive and while nothing is perfect, sometimes it comes pretty close. :) Visit me at http://www.kindiekins.com/ :)
In the not so distant past, I've been honored to be a Balanced Literacy lead teacher, Model Reading Teacher in a large school district, Teacher of the Year, nominated for Texas Teaching Chair of Excellence, and just plain honored that parents trust me with care of their kiddos each year.
I have a bachelors degree in elementary education with a specialization in early childhood, an ESL endorsement, and a Masters Degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on ELAR.
I share my life with my best friend and our 2 furry children and I spend my free time gleaning inspiration from other teachers so that I can better challenge my classroom of kiddos. I also love to paint with acrylics on canvas, listen to music, read eBooks, take lots of random photographs, and dream about traveling the world. :)
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Numbers, Science, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Place Value, For All Subjects, Early Intervention, Close Reading, Classroom Community