I have worked in the public school system for 25+ years. I have served in many positions and at various grade levels. I have taught Transitional Kindergarten, First Grade, Second grade, Third Grade, and Fifth Grade. As well as teaching in the classroom, I served as a Reading Recovery Teacher for 6 years, taught reading intervention, worked in administrative positions, and as a site principal.
I work hard to know my standards, but more importantly I have always worked hard to know my students. I have always believed in meeting students at the door, finding out who they are, and then planning out how I am going to take them where they need to go. I truly believe in adjusting my teaching and curriculum development to meet the needs of students.
I have had the honor and privilege of being a Program Manager at a California Distinguished School. I was also fortunate to serve as Principal at a school who received the Title I Achievement Award twice while I was there.
I am a graduate of Fresno Pacific University. I earned my B.A., Teaching Credential, and M.A. at this excellent institution. I also earned my Administrative Credential when I finished my M.A. program.
I had a wonderful opportunity to pilot a Transitional Kindergarten Program and write curriculum for the program for two years. I was also privileged this last four years to be able to do hands on research and write curriculum in a Kindergarten classroom with a high percentage of EL students. I spent every day the first two weeks of school working in the classroom to get to know the students. I observed their needs and have written curriculum to meet the needs I observed. I volunteered in the classroom at least once a week to gain feedback from the teacher and students, and to experience on my own, how the curriculum I am developing is working.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Geometry, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Computer Science - Technology, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, British History, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading