5 years teaching overseas for Guam Public Schools in the elementary level. Substitute at all grade levels. Also ran own home daycare business for 2 years. Taught 5th grade one year. Also taught at a private day school for students with ED/BD. Worked for 6 years as an online-tutor in reading and math and as a substitute teacher. I am currently working as a special education teacher for grades K-5. I currently am licensed to teach special education: LD, ED and MR K-12 and Elementary Education K-6th.
I believe in the "K.I.S.S." philosophy of teaching - as in "Keep It Short and Simple". This comes from working with students with special needs, who seem to learn best with short chunks of information laid out in a straightforward manner. I keep this in mind when designing activities/ worksheets for my students. Lots of pictures/ colors/ fancy "foo-foo" can be too distracting and/or confusing. Straight letter fonts, b/w designs & pictures used only if they enhance the concept are all part of my design/ instructional materials concepts.
Voted "Most Creative Teacher" at last school of employment.
I went to college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. There I received my bachelor's in elementary education. In 2001, I signed up for distance learning through Liberty University, and received my Masters in Special Education.
I have three children, ages 10-19. My oldest child has PDD-NOS, a high functioning form of autism. I am a Navy wife. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but currently live in Virginia.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Special Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Winter, Presidents' Day, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community