This is my sixth year teaching and I just switched from teaching general education/all subjects to a 5th grade science/nonfiction literacy teacher and I am VERY excited about this new change. I have three wonderful classes and I teach at a great school along with many amazing teachers! While my background and previous work has been in special education, I have a new found love for teaching 5th grade.
I do not have a specific teaching style. I believe that every student learns in a variety of different ways. Therefore, my teaching style is dependent on my students' learning styles.
I was a bit lost as a teenager entering college. One thing was for sure, I loved school and I loved taking classes that interested me. I started going to school for nutrition and quickly learned that it was not for me. At 19, I began working as a Direct Support Professional for children with disabilities and I changed my major to Psychology at the Univeristy of Maine. I directed my learning towards behavioral psychology as most of my clients had Autism and behaviors linked to their disability. After graduating in 2008 with my Bachelor's in Psychology, I took on a second job of working as an Ed. Tech. in a local school. Working 60 hours with children was great, but I missed going to school. I decided to enter the graduate program at University of Southern Maine. Crazy me decided to buy a house and get married while working full time and student teaching. After 2 hectic years, I earned my Master's Degree in Education with dual certification in Special Education, as well, as General Education, grades K-8, in the state of Maine. After 7 years of working with a young man that I had come to love and adore, I gave up my job as a Direct Support Professional to pursue my dream as a teacher in the Public School System. I am now in my sixth year of teaching at Hollis Elementary School in Hollis, Maine. I am a 5th grade teacher and I am loving every moment!
I have lived in Maine my entire life and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I live with my wonderful husband, our daughter, and our silly dog and cat. I love children and animals. In fact, if I hadn't gone to school to be a teacher, I would have gone to school to be a veterinarian. I also love traveling, cooking, reading, and being outdoors (only when it's warm out, though!)
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, World Language, Chinese, Other (Specialty), Biology, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Instructional Technology, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Decimals, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading