My teaching experience ranges from K-8 in gifted resource of language arts and math. My undergraduate degree is from Kansas State University in Elementary Education.My graduate degree is from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Gifted. I have been teaching my personal quest of gifted education for five years, one in a K-8 school and the past four years at an elementary K-5 building. With my background in elementary education, I also have certifications in middle school math, language arts, science, and social studies. My experience also includes teaching in my undergraduate career. After completing a course in speed reading, I was then recruited to teach the course to various undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students. With my kooky personality, I have recently been asked to speak at various conferences about gifted products.
I truly try to style myself behind a mixture of Bill Nye and Mrs. Frizzle. I am may be a little kooky but there is a rhyme and reason for everything I do. I demand positivity and reaching for the stars no matter what. I want to share with the world the fun things that my students get to do in my classroom. My theory is that if I'm bored, they are bored. Every moment in my classroom is a blast! Come join me!
Golden Apple Award 2013 (Local Teaching Award) KGTC (Kansas Gifted Teacher Council) Presenter at Regional/State Conferences 2009 Region 5/State Conference - What does Gifted Product Look like? 2013- Region 5/ State Conference - English Language Arts Common Core Extensions -Above and Beyond the Invisible: Identifying Other Underrepresented Populations in Gifted (Behavioral Characteristics of Gifted)
I am truly a recovering gifted student. I have had amazing teachers that inspired me and teachers that didnt challenge me. My goal is to be the teacher that my students talk about for years, hopefully in a good way. I love my job and all of my students!
I consider myself easily distractable so I try to make my lessons and activities in my classroom engaging and fun. The best classroom management is engaging activities and high expectations.