I am a National Board Certified Teacher. My certification is as an early childhood generalist. I recently retired from teaching after 44 years. Forty of those years were in first grade. I have taught in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. I taught in urban and Chapter 1 schools. My classes were very diverse and had all styles of learners. I also was a certified AIMS Education trainer and conducted workshops on hands-on math and science strategies. I taught for the University of Virginia as an adjunct professor. My classes were focused on teaching elementary teachers how to incorporate hands-on teaching strategies in math and science.
My teaching style has centered on integrating the curriculum. I was a very hands-on teacher. I wanted my students to develop their understanding of all areas of the curriculum by manipulating objects, being active learners. I wanted the students to develop a love of reading and through books, enlarge their experiences.
National Board Certified Teacher, 2000-2020. Keep America Beautiful Award for developing a play on environmental education. Virginia Education Award and grants.
BA: elementary education from West Liberty University, West Liberty, West Virginia. Masters of Education: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland AIMS Education Facilitator and Training: Fresno Pacific College, Fresno, California. Additional classes from various universities: University of Va, Hampton University, West Virginia University, Roanoke, College, George Mason University, and others.
I loved teaching and watching students learn to read and understand the fun in education. I also raised two daughters and now have four grandchildren. I love dogs and cats, like to travel, read, walk, and enjoy nature, especially the ocean. I was a People to People Teacher Leader for six years and was able to travel with students to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and France. All of these activities enhanced my personal learning and life, which then led to the enrichment of my students. If you have any questions or suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Classroom Management, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, Summer, Early Intervention, Phonics