I have been teaching since 2002. I started in 4th grade, but then fell in love with middle school. All but one of the years I’ve taught have been 6-8th grade students. I have mostly taught English, but I have also spent years teaching ELL and 6th & 7th Social Studies. Many 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 and a few years as English department chair.
My teaching style is about how my students will best learn the material. I have been trained in GLAD, GATE, SIOP/ADD, and most 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 and a handsome son. 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), which is a joy knowing I’m helping other teachers and students halfway around the world.