For the past ten years, I have taught a gifted ELA block for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students. Before that, I was the Education Director at a hands-on science center, taught middle school science, and taught fifth grade "everything but PE!" I even spent one year as a doctoral assistant teaching at the university level, but quickly decided that adolescents are my favorites.
My goal is to help my gifted middle school students become lifelong learners and problem-solvers, so I am working more and more toward forging a partnership with them in which they share responsibility for their learning. I love to provide students with challenging, open-ended, thought-provoking situations and to see their thinking just blossom.
2010 LA Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year
B.A. in Elementary Education M.Ed. in Educational Technology +30 in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership
I live with my husband, who teaches high school history, and my teenage daughter, who aspires to be a math teacher. We also have three sons in college. When I am not teaching school or preparing lessons, I love to travel and to spend time outdoors camping or gardening.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Civics, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Geography, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Library Skills, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, End of Year, Close Reading