I have been teaching for over 15 years now. I have taught every grade from first through eighth. My first several years teaching were spent at a public, special education therapeutic day school. All of these students were diagnosed with either an emotional disability or had a mental health diagnosis. They all displayed plenty of behaviors giving me a great arsenal of tools as well as some pretty interesting stories! I have been teaching special education ever since that first experience! I have taught in an inclusive classroom with team teaching as well as done some remedial sub-separate work and taught in a self-contained. I am also a Wilson Reading certified trainer. Teaching reading has always been a passion of mine! I spent two years as a Reading Facilitator/Coach at a special education school. In addition, I teach online, graduate level courses! Check them out: The Learning Tree Professional Development Network Every experience is a learning one, and I consider myself to be a lifelong learner!
I expect success from my students by creating a challenging, exciting, and rewarding learning environment. My goal is always for students to love learning and be excited by it. As a result, students will achieve. Through good teaching of Common Core State Standards paired with remediation in order to achieve learning goals and continuous progress monitoring, I am able to tailor my lessons towards closing student achievement gaps. One key factor in my success is the relationships that I build with students. I truly believe that if a student feels supported, they will try their best for you! I am motivated by achievement. The best reward as a teacher is seeing the smile on the face of student who is proud of their learning achievements! To know I have played a role in that, motivates me as a teacher! Oh, and I believe that humor and sarcasm can go a long way! :)
* Certifications: Principal/Assistant Principal Special Education Administrator Moderate Special Needs Elementary Education * Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement (SEI) * Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) * Wilson Reading Certification – Level One * Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Trainer * Who's Who Among Teachers, 2004
I hold a Bachelor's in English Literature, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and a CAGS in Educational Administration.
* * * Check out my online graduate level teaching courses: The Learning Tree Professional Development Network - Online Graduate Courses for Teachers
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Curriculum & Instruction, Education, Educational Administration & Policy, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Speech Therapy, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading