I taught 1st grade for five years before making the switch to middle school where I taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I'm currently a board member with the Washington State Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, I have served as a Teacher Leader for the Ambassador Leadership summits at Tulane University and Harvard University. My experience includes teaching in the public school, as well as private schools, and homeschool sector.
Hands-on learning, and lots of visuals!
Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation (International Honorary Organization for Women Educators) Alpha Nu Scholarship Recipient, 2010 Eastern Washington University: History Department, Outstanding History Student Award, 2010 Teacher of the Month, Genesis Preparatory Academy, 2013 Published in Practical Homeschooling Magazine, 2017
I attended Eastern Washington University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a double major in Secondary Social Studies Education, and Elementary Education K-8. I have a minor in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communications. I hold a Washington State Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in grades K-8, as well as an Idaho Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate.
I'm a wife to an outdoor enthusiast and bonus-mom to two teenage kids. We live on a small lake in Washington state year-round, and the beauty and peacefulness is something I don't take for granted. We are actively involved in our church and community. I love to travel, and have visited over 14 countries around the world. Follow me on instagram @mrsmcdonaldsclassroom
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Art History, Physical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Australian History, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month, African History, Classroom Community, Hispanic Heritage Month