Serving the Teachers Pay Teachers community since 2007 with both free and paid resources, I have been an upper elementary and middle school teacher for 31 years and I have loved every minute of it. For me, student engagement, quality content, academic rigor, and a teacher who cares are the keys to all successful classrooms.
I model my lessons on the idea that, more than ever in today's world, the focus and direction has to change in the class on a regular basis. Kids need to work hard, but it has to be work they enjoy doing AND that teaches them the bigger concepts that are so important to know as they move through life. The world is changing and ways of learning are too, and we as teachers have to change with them.
I've served on so many committees and been involved in so many academic and sports programs that I cannot remember them all. I have been honored for my service with many of them, but the greatest honor or award for me is when a student from the past contacts me to tell me that I had a positive and lasting impact on their life.
BA, Political Science. Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials K-12. MA, Humanities
I've been a lot of things in my life, but the thing I am most proud of is being a good father.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, World Language, French, Spanish, Latin, German, Other (World Language), Arts & Music, Art History, Physical Education, Computer Science - Technology, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Other (Specialty), Religion, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Religion, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Arabic, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Cooking, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text, Close Reading