I have been teaching for 15 years - nine in grade 2, and six in grade 1. Prior to that I worked in telecommunications.
I am a visual learner, so I tend to teach that way. I frequently draw to illustrate whatever concept I'm trying to present. I believe movement is important (especially with the little ones). I try to get them up and moving as much as possible. Keeping first graders engaged and learning every minute of the school day is hard work! It takes a lot of prep, energy, and patience. I try to utilize a lot of competitions, challenges, and fun game-like activities. I try to limit worksheets unless there's an accompanying activity.
I have received several awards for my artwork. I was also awarded a lunch with the governor of Massachusetts at the statehouse in recognition of a paper that I wrote as part of a college project.
My undergrad degree is in fine arts (illustration/graphic design), and I hold a Master's in Ed./Reading. Creativity is a tremendous asset when it comes to teaching, and my artsy background has served me well!
I am married to a fantastic guy and have two amazing children. My oldest works for a company that provides teacher training here in Mass., and my youngest is working as a construction manager in Dallas Texas. I also have a little white schnoodle named Samantha. She's a love.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Environment, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Mental Math, Halloween, Place Value, Phonics