With 23 years of experience in education, the vast majority of that teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and integrating Social Studies and Science as frequently as possible, teaching is my heart!
I am passionate about literacy! I believe that literacy is the foundation of all learning. When students are better readers and writers, their performance in all subjects increases, and they are better able to think and to communicate their thoughts. Literacy is the most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace, and in society. It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life. Literacy enables students to become active and independent thinkers and lifelong learners, which is empowering and sets students up for success in whatever endeavors they choose to pursue! When people are able to function at high levels of literacy, doors of opportunity are opened for them that would not be available otherwise -- and I want to help open as many doors as possible for my students!
Above all, literacy is FUN! It feels great to finish a good book, to learn something new, or to escape the day-to-day stresses of life by jumping into a great novel!
All learners have different and unique learning styles, so I strive to integrate a variety of teaching styles in my classes and curriculum. I would say I am equal parts tried-and-true-methods and hands-on-learning with generous doses of collaborative projects, critical thinking activities, authentic learning opportunities, frequent dashes from my bag-of-tricks, and liberal pinches of humor!
Co-presenter at Teachers Pay Teachers National Conference (2015)
Member by Invitation of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators
Nominated by Administration for a University of Rochester Fellowship Program (2009)
Nominated for the Disney American Teacher of the Year Award (2000)
Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from SUNY Brockport (Literacy Specialist)
Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood and Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College
Middle School Extension (Grades 7-9) from Roberts Wesleyan College
Favorite Warm-Weather Beverage: Iced Tea
Favorite Cold-Weather Beverage: Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Morning Stop: Starbucks
Favorite On-Line Store other than TpT: Amazon
Favorite Brick & Mortar Store: Barnes & Noble
Favorite Grocery: Trader Joe's
Favorite Book to Teach: "The Giver" by S.E. Hinton
Favorite Genre: Historical Fiction
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