I began my professional teaching career in 2004. I have experience teaching in four different states (OH, AZ, NV, FL) and multiple subjects and grade levels. I have student-teaching experience teaching grades 5 and 6 in all content areas. Professionally, I have taught 6th grade math (regular, advanced, Math 180 Intensive, and co-teach/FUSE), 7th grade math (regular, co-teach/FUSE, and honors/gifted), 8th-grade pre-Algebra, 8th grade Algebra I, 8th grade Intro to Geometry and Statistics (self-created course), 7th grade Language Arts (co-teach/FUSE and honors), 9th grade English I (co-teach/FUSE and honors), 10th grade English II Honors, Advanced Communications Methodology (9th grade), 12th grade English 4, Semantics and Logic (9th grade), and I have multiple years of co-teaching experience (ESE inclusion in regular ed classroom). I have used a variety of curricula: Connected Math, SpringBoard (ELA and Math), Go Math!, I Can Learn (Lab), Prentice Hall, Math 180, and others. I did my honors thesis in college on Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and my Master's thesis on the effects of the Hispanic culture on education in America's highly Hispanic populated cities. For my research on this thesis, I traveled to Concepcion, Chile and taught at an English-speaking Chilean K-12 school for a month.
Starting in May 2013, I began working in the Assessment and Accountability office with the Race to the Top grant. As a coordinator in this office, I worked with the district supervisors for secondary (6-12) English/Language Arts (general ed. and ESOL), along with CTE (Career and Technical Ed, specifically FCS: Family and Consumer Sciences) and Art to build district assessments like semester exams. I then performed a variety of test item analyses looking at item validity and identifying errors and other various issues with individual questions and entire tests. This position integrated Reading/Language Arts with statistics and gave me a unique perspective on the different facets of education.
As of the 2015-2016 school year, I returned to the classroom to teach middle school math. Being back in the classroom was a wonderful decision, and I am enjoying having a direct impact on student growth and achievement once again. My classroom position allows me to make even more current, useful, and relevant instructional and supplemental materials to share with other teachers here on TpT. On a personal note, I have two wonderful young boys who educate me every day. I am also a massive Harry Potter fan and a published author. As an undergrad and graduate Ohio State University alumnae, I enjoy watching sports - most especially football and basketball.
Multiple Intelligences approach with student-centered learning. Direct (teacher-directed) instruction when necessary. Integrated curriculum approach. Differentiated instruction focus. Cooperative learning where appropriate and possible. Flipped classroom when appropriate and possible. Digital teaching when appropriate and possible.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, with honors (Undergraduate); National Board Certified Teacher (EA/ELA)
I graduated in June 2003 with a B.S. in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University. I followed that up with an August 2004 Master's degree in Middle Childhood Education, also from The Ohio State University.
I am currently certified Middle Grades (5-9) Integrated Curriculum, 6-12 English, and 6-12 Math for the state of Florida, and endorsed in ESOL and Gifted (state of FL).
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Drama, ELA Test Prep, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, Economics , Problem Solving, Study Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Decimals, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, Test Preparation