I have been a special education teacher and a second grade teacher for the past 12 years. Prior to that I worked in the school district in grade levels K-12 as a substitute teacher. I also worked for 4 years as the Program Assistant to the Children's Justice Task Force for Nevada Child & Family Services; focusing on the prevention of child abuse.
I belieive in providing students with a hands-on approach to add meaning and ownership to their learning.
*State of Nevada Teacher of the Year 2009 *Rotary Excellence in Education Award 2008 *Disney Award Top 50 in the United States 2007
I received my Bachelor's Degree in both Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1999, graduating with honors of high distinction. I continued my education in behavior management studies. Graduated with honors and an Associate's Degree in General Studies from Western Nevada College in 1995.
I believe every child has the ability to learn. As the facilitator of my classroom, I've always gotten to know my students and their individual learning styles in order to make learning happen for each and every one of them. Although this is a yearly challenge, I humbly take it on task and create child-focused learning materials that not only meet their needs and national standards requirements, but also exceed them. The key to being a successful person and teacher is to never stop listening to the children as well as learning yourself. With this attitude in mind, I've created wonderfully effective lessons that have really made a difference! My goal now is provide these for other teachers who share the same passion and goals for teaching effectively.