I have been in the field of education for twenty-six years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! Recently, I retired as the gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a large public school district! Now, I serve as an elementary school principal for Choctaw Tribal Schools for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians! What a joy it is! I get the wonderful opportunity to help the school district continue to transition into the Common Core State Standards while working with Quadrant D teaching with our best and brightest! My passion is that of teaching twice excpetional learners and differentiating their learning experience so that they experience success! My most ignited passion is that of Dyslexia and ADHD learners and how to meet their needs!
I would have to say that my teaching philosophy would be that of first establishing relationships with children-- they don't want to know how much you know until they know how much you care! Next, I believe that children must see the relevance in what they are doing and with this generation of millenial learners that has never been more important! Finally, I believe that children must daily have real world experiences to truly be engaged in their learning and not just retain material for a test-- Children deserve our best!
Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching, Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, Association for Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year, Jones County School District Teacher of the Year, Jones County School District Administrator of the Year, Friends of Counseling Award
Most of my entire teaching career, I have taught from fourth to seventh grade and loved every minute of it. I have owned a daycare/preschool setting so I also have experience in Pre-K as well. Additionally, I have served as a lead teacher and have experience in leading curricular efforts at each grade level. I have served as an assistant principal as well as a supervising principal. For the past five years, I have been a district administrator guiding and facilitating the gifted prgram, the special services program, and the elementary curriculum department. Currently, after retiring from a large school district, I am serving as a principal of a Choctaw Tribal School with Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and I am loving every minute of it!
I absolutely love education and working with children. Additionally, I enjoy consultant work and establishing professional learning communities so that teachers might have the opportunity to be the best that they can be! I also enjoy working with teachers working on their master's degree as well as alternate route teachers-- for without teachers where would we be!
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