I have been working in Elementary Education for 19 years. The majority of my classroom experience has been in Kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms, although I have also taught 3rd grade. In addition to teaching self-contained classes I have also taught literacy intervention classes in which I worked with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
I believe in taking a constructivist approach to teaching in which students are presented with opportunities to learn and grow through daily experiences. This gives students a chance grapple with new ideas, challenges them to be problem solvers and allows them to learn in ways that make sense to them. I do this by creating learning opportunities and experiences that challenge students and by allowing students to work cooperatively in order to learn from one another as well as from me. In ELA, I implement a Balanced Literacy approach in a variety ways including Reading and Writing workshop, Word Study through Words Their Way, Daily 5/CAFE and Interactive Read Alouds. In Math, I use CGI math which includes daily warm-up activities, games and word problems that allow students to develop a deeper understanding of math. During this time students learn a variety of problem solving skills and strategies as well as increase their mathematical fluency.
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I earned my Bachelors of Arts in History from UC Santa Cruz. I then earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, my Master of Arts Degree in Reading and Language Arts and my K-12 Reading Specialist Credential from California State University, Long Beach.
I participated as a teaching fellow for the Cotsen Art of Teaching Foundation from 2011-2013.