I have been teaching since 2002. I started in 4th grade, but then fell in love with middle school. Eleven of the 12 years have been teaching 6-8th grade students. I have mostly taught English, but I have also spent years teaching ELL and 7th Social Studies. Nine of those years have been in the public school system, but I also spent three years at a private school, where I was the only junior high English teacher. My other responsibilities at private school included ASB advisor, chapel coordinator, talent show director, grade level chair, and spelling bee/speech meet advisor. While at public school I spent three years as the ELD Advisor for my school site.
My teaching style is about how my students will best learn the material. I have been trained in GLAD, SIOP/ADD, and most recently in CCSS. I believe that if the standards for learning are set high, students will strive to reach them with guided help. I believe students can solve problems on their own when given the proper tools. They are also capable of leadership when given that responsibility.
From May 2012 through May 2013 I worked on my Masters, doubling up on classes to finish it sooner, and I earned a 4.0.
From pre-school through 8th grade, I attended private schools where I was given personal attention due to the small class size. Then I went to a public high school, where I was exposed to many varieties of teaching styles and students. I finished my education at a private college, where I attended a credential program with three professors and only nine students. That personal, specific attention molded my teaching skills into what I have become today. My professor taught me to never give up on the students, because each day is a brand new start. I have never forgotten that lesson. I earned my BA and credential from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and then completed my Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction in 2013 at Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
I am happily married and have two beautiful, young daughters. They are my pride and joy and have softened my heart in regards to my students. In the summers of 2006 and 2008, I traveled with my church to Malawi, Africa, to train teachers in basic strategies like GLAD and graphic organizers. I am currently on the American board for that non-profit (SAFE-Africa) and represent their teacher sponsorship program (Sukulu).