In my 25+ years in education I have worked with students from birth through 8th grade. The majority of my teaching experience has been in special education. I am currently an instructional coach at a PreK-6 building in Bellevue, Nebraska. It has been both a joy and a learning curve to move outside the four walls of my own classroom to get a birds-eye view of an entire school. I love it!
I would call myself very eclectic. I tend to be a creative, think-outside-the-box teacher. I am motivated to develop relationships with all students and their families because I believe that relationships are the foundation of all good things, both in education and in life! I find myself constantly questioning why we do things the way we do in education. If something doesn't make sense to me intuitively, I question it or find a better way! I believe that students should be actively engaged in their learning and that learning needs to be relevant to them. When engagement and relevance are in place, students are highly motivated and amazing learning occurs! To witness that process is one of the greatest gifts of being a teacher!
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I am a graduate of the University of Iowa. GO HAWKEYES! I have a BA in Elementary and Special Education and a Master's Degree in Special Education, both from U of Iowa. Along the way, I've picked up an additional 36 credit hours and many endorsements on my teaching license. I guess you could say I love to learn! Either that or I never had the right endorsement for a job and had to keep going to more classes until I can pretty much teach anything and anyone! Honestly, I do love learning and would be a full-time college student if that was a paid gig!
I love creating and design. I love color and have been described as having a sparkling personality! haha! I am a mama to two beautiful, amazing boys who are now in middle school and high school. It's true when people tell you that it goes quickly! I love nature and trees, in particular. One quirky thing about me is that I have pet snails......they started as classroom pets, but now I have two sets of snails......my "home" snails and my "work" snails. Weird, I know. Still.....I will swear to you that there's nothing like a pair of retractable eyes (technically called "eyestalks", NOT antennae) to calm down an upset student. Try it if you don't believe me. :-)
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Easter, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer, End of Year, Classroom Community