I taught 2nd grade my first year teaching and then moved to Pre-K as the lead teacher in Pre-K for 5 years. After that, I moved to 5th grade as a math teacher. I have spent the last 4 years doing that and will be going back to that next school year as I am currently finishing up a leave of absence which allowed me to spend a year focusing my time on my family. It was also very refreshing and helped me regain my passion for mathematics and education!
The past couple of years I have had to learn to be more of a facilitator than a direct instructor and that's been challenging but FUN! I value differentiated instruction in my classroom, and I love to incorporate movement into each of my classes as well. I use group activities as well as independent ones. I am routine, but I try to shake things up enough to keep my students engaged and wondering what will she do next?! :-)
I graduated Valedictorian of my high school class in 2002 and was recognized by the Tennessee State Department of Education after my first year of teaching math as one of Tennessee's top teachers statewide!
I graduated Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2005 with my B.S. in Elementary Education. I added on my Pre-K endorsement the following summer before I began to teach Pre-K. I recently finished the master's program at Bethel University and graduated with my Master's degree in Teacher Excellence.
I have been married for nearly 14 years now, and we have 4 beautiful children. Our boys are 13 & 11, and we adopted them in 2009. We just recently celebrated our 7th adoption anniversary. Our girls are 7 & 6, and we are still in the process of adopting them. They have lived with us for over 2 years now. My family loves to vacation and spend time together outdoors either swimming or having a campfire!