I have taught children for 17 amazing years: 7 years as a middle school Language Arts teacher and 10 years as a self-contained fifth grade teacher. I currently teach fifth grade and mentor teachers at fellow schools.
Everyday in the classroom I am reminded that I teach children first and subjects second. To me that means that I need to make a personal connection with each student. Once students realize that the teacher truly cares about them, then they are more trusting and willing to work hard at learning what I am teaching them. I enjoy blending the best aspects of traditional learning with hands-on learning e.g. computers, mobile devices, rockets, painting, gardening, games, dramatic skits, music, courtroom scenes, debates, speeches, producing music videos, marble rollercoasters, poetry booklets, and writing children's books. I believe these creative approaches encourage students to become curious, lifelong learners. I prioritize character education in my room. It is vitally important that it is not only what a student knows, but also who a student is and becomes. I want students leaving my classroom to be good citizens by being caring, responsible, organized, compassionate, and thoughtful.
* Presenter on "The Case for Mobile Devices in the Classroom" at the Pacific Union Conference's K-12 Spring Education Council * Presenter to Southeastern California Conference's Education Management Team * Poetry Guest Lecturer at La Sierra University's Education Department Southeastern California Conference Teacher-4-Teacher Mentor * PUC Exercise Science Major of the Year * Graduated Cum Laude
I graduated with my Master's in Education, Emphasis in Instructional Leadership from Pacific Union College in 2001.
I passionately love my own children, and I strive to give my best to help others' children in my classroom.