I have taught in both private and public schools. Beginning with Early Childhood in a Day Care setting and then spending 20+ years in formal classroom settings. I have experience with Balanced Literacy Programs, numerous math programs and the Common Core. I have mentored many amazing new teachers and I am very creative in my classroom planning.
I try to create a student centered classroom. The children really seem to feel that it is their classroom. I am the facilitator and the students really do point me in the direction they want to go. It doesn't always follow my plan, but we adjust together to keep the class focused, productive and engaged.
I have received recognition from my administration for my work as a mentor to both new teachers and struggling students. When a child comes to me angry and says, "I listened and I didn't hit him but I really wanted to!" I know that what we are teaching does get through. Teaching a child that there are other ways to handle emotions without getting physical gives me hope for their future. I consider my students---my children and they know that. Getting visits from past students who tell me how I have influenced their lives is very touching and it inspires me to keep on going, even when it gets rough.
I received my under graduate degree in Psychology/Elementary Education in 1993 and my Masters in Early Childhood Education in 1999. I have remained involved in numerous professional development opportunities.
As the mother of three, and the teacher to hundreds (By this point) I have tried many different ways to reach many different children. I have a wealth of knowledge and some tried and true strategies for reaching children, teachers and families. I am really hoping that I am able to offer some of the materials I have compiled and continue to develop to help fellow educators teach the future.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Place Value, Informational Text