I have 20 years of experience teaching gifted preschoolers. For the last 12 years, I owned and operated Miss Jodi's Learning Garden, a small chain of schools offering part time parent cooperative academic enrichment classes. My passion for getting kids excited about learning inspired me to create unique and challenging lesson plans and worksheets that allow children to reach their highest potential.
I strongly believe that children are capable of much much more than what I see expected of them, and under the supervision of involved parents and inspiring teachers, childrens' natural curiosity can lead them to an early and deep understanding of the arts, reading, writing, science, geography, math, and more. When coupled with strong classroom management skills and character development, students in my programs were able to advance, not only their self esteem, but their knowledge of academic subjects well past the the second grade level, even though they were between the ages of 2 and 5 years old!
I have the honor of knowing that my 20 years of teaching turned out some of the most intelligent, well rounded, and talented kids I know. Many have gone on to do amazing things with their lives and I am lucky to have stayed in touch with so many of them and their families!
I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Science Education with a minor in biology from CSUDH. But nothing taught me more than my 20 years of classroom experience....it's funny how your students teach YOU!
I have a wonderfully supportive husband, two adult kids and one teenager left at home. We are all just as creative and geeky as can be, enjoying everything from The Art of Disney to Star Wars.
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, Phonics