I am a Canadian girl who never thought I would not live in Canada, however after graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Education, I decided to go an travel before starting my teaching career. That decision shaped my future in many ways. I went to work on a cruise ship, met my future husband (I was working with kids on the ship and he was a jazz musician) and after traveling we ended up moving to Texas for him to pursue a jazz degree from UNT. Over the years I have taught K-6 music (for the first 7 years of my career) and then when we moved from DFW to Laredo I transitioned to a classroom teacher. We have lived in 8 different cities over the past 20+ years and during that time I have taught K, 1, 2, 6 - both in public schools and most recently in the IB world. For 4 years while living in Germany I taught at Bonn International School (and IB school) and now I am teaching in NYC in the Financial District at another IB school. I love this system:)
I love to incorporate music, movement and technology into my daily teaching. I often joke that by 9am each day the kids and I have put on a broadway show with all of our songs and dances to teach our calendar and letter concepts. I also use a great deal of technology to both augment our group learning and provide opportunities for students to engage in small group and individual practice. I have high standards for both myself and my students. We work hard and have fun doing it! I believe that a caring community coupled with a high level of respect is essential for us to reach and exceed our goals. My kids and I work hard at establishing and maintaining that community in our classroom.
2017 -present - Seesaw Ambassador 2014-present - Smart Exemplary Educator 2011 Campus Teacher of the Year, Birdville ISD 2009 Creator/Director of School Wide "Lunch Buddy" teacher volunteer program in Niles Michigan. Through this program teachers mentor at risk students once or twice a month, building relationships and becoming role models to children from different grades on campus. 2001 Trustee's Merit Award, Keller ISD 2001 Abitii Recycling Award Winner, Keller ISD 2001 Creator/Director of School Wide "Disability Awareness Day" 2000 Teacher of the Year, Keller ISD 2000 Classroom Innovation Award Recipient, Keller ISD
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with a Minor in Child Pyschology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I love to learn and am always signing up for additional learning opportunities; I have recently become a Seesaw Ambassador and am also a Smart Exemplary Educator.
I love any opportunity to be creative - whether it be playing the piano, scrapbooking, designing cards, creating elaborate doodles on scraps of paper, you name it! I also love to travel, ride my bike, go for long walks, and generally be outdoors! I have been blessed with great friends in my life and I love spending time hanging out with them enjoy the simple things in life!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Music, Vocal Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, Geography, Other (ELA), Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, Phonics