I spent the last five years abroad teaching children English as a second language. During that time I also created an entire ESL curriculum for children aged 4-7. This curriculum is used by three language centers in Hanoi Vietnam and it is used widely throughout the public schools in Hanoi. Furthermore, I am a third generation teacher. I basically grew up in my mother's pre-school and kindergarten classrooms. My mother, who is soon to retire after 30+ years in Kindergarten and Pre-School, and I have recently begun working together to create resources like those in my store. Her expertise is well beyond mine and I am so grateful for her guidance and ideas.
As an ESL teacher I realized immediately that the entire goal of an ESL classroom is to get students to produce language. That seems like a very basic idea, but it was something I observed other ESL teachers not emphasizing. Therefore, I also realized that children must have something to talk about and write about. This absolutely must be something that they want to talk about and write about. Learning a second language at any age is very challenging, so coaxing English usage out of my students meant, above all else, creating a comfortable classroom environment and providing extremely engaging and simple materials. These ideas continue to inform the materials I create now.
Graduated with Honors form the University of Montana, The Rose Southworth McGee Scholarship for Writing (University of Montana), Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship, The Cal Murphy Scholarship (University of Montana)
I have my BA from the University of Montana. I also have my CELTA from the University of Cambridge, England.
I create all my resources on Adobe Illustrator. If you would like any modifications to something in my store, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can see what we can work out.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Numbers, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Winter, St. Patrick's Day, Easter