This is my 10th year of classroom teaching. I also have 4 years experience as a Program Manager for Sylvan Learning Centers. During the 10 years of classroom teaching, 9 of those years I also taught 5th grade math. Because of the switch to Common Core, our administration decided we'd each teach one subject and become an expert at it. I chose science because I it allows me to be creative and I enjoy the hands-on opportunities.
I am a "FUN" teacher. I believe in creating solid, warm relationships with my students and in return, they work hard for me. My day usually consists of chatting (with my students) about what we're going to do that day, doing a small lesson, supporting students through their output portion of the lesson and often times, doing a hands-on activity to support the concept. I have a background in singing and I am often singing songs in my classroom. I will change to words to popular songs to fit the needs at the moment. Usually I'll throw a student name in the song declaring how wonderful or exceptional he or she is.
Last year, I was selected "TEACHER of the QUARTER" within my building. I am on my district science team and assist in creating SLO and district unit assessments. On my own, I regularly create 3 levels of weekly reviews and share them with my colleagues.
I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-8, all subjects. After spending 11 years at home with my 4 children, I began working as a Program Manager for Sylvan Learning Centers. It was that position that made me aware that all students learn differently and differentiation became a goal of my as I embarked on a full-time teaching career. For 6 of my years of teaching, I had a gifted cluster in my math classroom. I enjoyed challenging them with exciting hands-on activities I created myself. For the past 2 years, I've had a large group of IEP students (mild to moderate) mainstreamed into my science classroom. It was these particular students that inspired me to create what I call "INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK INSERTS." For years, my district had no science textbook. (We now use Discovery Education Techbook.) During that time, I expected my science students to take notes off the board. The students with special needs struggled to keep up with the endless writing. They also struggled with keeping the information organized in their notebooks. Studying and recalling information became a nightmare for them. So, I have created "fill-in the blanks" kind of notes that include the highlights of the question that's being explored. There's brief content and open spaces for definitions of vocabulary needed in that unit. The kids absolutely LOVE these glue-ins and I can't imagine teaching any other way. The notebook, along with the Table of Contents, allows kids to refer back to what we learned in previous lessons and they can readily find the information needed to answer questions.
Get this..... I married my fifth grade boyfriend! He grew up just 3 houses down the road and I can remember feeling such strong loving feelings for him even at the tender age of 10. Together, we share 4 beautiful, adult children and have been married 27 years. I am a happy lady. I call him MY BEST FRIEND BOB.