My teaching career started South Carolina in a kindergarten classroom where I worked as an assistant before moving to a cross-categorical special ed classroom for a year. I next moved to my own classroom in second grade where I spent the next three years. My last year in South Carolina was spent teaching first grade. Then, I moved across the country to California and taught fifth grade for a year. I followed this up with a year of subbing in various elementary classrooms. My next step was another military move to Michigan, where we grew our family with two little boys. I now spend my time teaching them and making resources to help other teachers. I have my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education with an elementary add on and my Masters of Education in Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy. I have held a teaching certificate in South Carolina and California. I have served and headed up on several in addition to working at the district level to develop curriculum and resources.
I'm a big believer in child-based learning. I feel children learn best when we get to know them and involve them in the learning process. I love picking themes that will interest a child and bring them further into the learning process. I like to combine play and hands on experience for a fun learning environment.
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I went to an elementary school that was primarily military children. It was a very transient population. For middle school, I went to an urban middle school in the "not so good" part of town. I am glad that my parents did not make snap judgements about the school like so many others did. It was a great experience. I went to a magnet high school geared towards academics. I followed all of this up by attending College of Charleston for my undergrad degree and graduate degree.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Social Studies - History, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Writing, Child Care, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, Phonics