I have been teaching for a little over 30 years, with the majority of my experience in first grade. However, my background is varied, as I have taught Title I Reading, kindergarten, first grade, fourth and fifth grades. This past year I taught kindergarten to 17 little sweethearts!!
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I received my bachelors in elementary education from McPherson College in Kansas in 1978. I know, it's like forever ago. Over the years I took many classes, but didn't pursue my masters until after my children were grown. In 2005 I graduated with my Masters in Reading from Western Illinois University.
I am the mother of 3 wonderful children. Well, they're more like wonderful adults now. But, to me they will always be kids. :0) My two sons are married to wonderful girls who both work in education. My daughter just started her finished her second year of teaching in a small central Illinois community. She always said she wouldn't be a teacher. Aw! She decided to follow in her mom's footprints. Yeah! My husband, Rick is also an educator. He teaches building trades in our community to high school students. So glad I'm I had the opportunity to be an elementary teacher. We have 6 beautiful grandchildren and another due early this fall. Wesson is the oldest at 6, Oscar is 5, Cooper's 4, Wyatt just turned 3, Campbell is a year and half and little Willow isn't quite a year yet. It's fantastic being a grammy!! Love it!!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, World Language, Spanish, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Products For TpT Sellers, For All Subjects, Informational Text