I've been teaching since 2008 in North Carolina. I taught 3rd grade for five years, then 1st grade for three years. I've recently moved to Frederick, MD, and I am determined to share more of my ideas with other teachers. We have an enriching, fun-filled job, and I want to share ideas and products that keep that idea at the forefront of their design.
Students need to "grapple" with concepts as much as possible, and our job is to facilitate their struggles and successes during these moments of learning. In order to do so, I like to create experiences in which students can interact independently, with partners, and in small groups to uncover new perspectives. I prefer short intervals of introductory information and coaching sessions as students work together through each learning experience.
I've been nominated for Teacher of the Year four times in my career. Twice in 3rd grade and twice in 1st grade.
I graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP.) I plan to pursue a Masters once I determine my direction of studies.
Outside of education I enjoy board games, disc golf, and any excuse to spend time outdoors with others. I find great inspiration in music and my students. My time with them keeps me 'young,' open-minded, and optimistic about life.