I am in my sixth year of teaching for Head Start!. I have a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in diversity and curriculum and instruction. Before my time with head start, I worked as an assistant teacher with a family child care serving children 0-12, and also as an assistant teacher in an infant-toddler program. Put together, I have about 10-12 years experience in the Early Childhood field. I am currently working towards my elementary education license by completing student teaching in a first-grade classroom!
My program uses the Teaching Strategies Gold online system, and the accompanying curriculum books. I have very strong roots in Reggio Emilia education, and I am always striving to find ways to bring this approach into the scripted curriculum and finding ways to incorporate more child-driven projects. I teach everything with a strong foundation in the arts, as I believe this is the primary method children use to communicate their knowledge.
I have presented at state OPI conferences to other preschools, and have served as a model classroom for other head starts in the state. I have developed at least one full-fledged curriculum using the TS Gold curriculum resources to build my own study. Most recently I was a contributing member of the Montana Literacy Team to write the Montana Literacy Plan document which is implemented state wide.
I have a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Diversity and Curriculum and instruction from the University of Montana Western.
I am 28 years old and living in Rural Montana! I strive to keep my classroom and my program "up to date" and incorporate the newest child development theories into my practice. I am unofficial tech support to the other teachers in my center, and enjoy incorporating technology and the arts into everything we do!