I have been teaching for ten years. During my first few years, I taught third, fourth, and fifth grade. Being a new hire and having low seniority, I was then moved to sixth grade science. I was nervous, but immediately I realized I was meant to teach middle school. After teaching science for three years, I was asked if I could teach Health. I agreed, but again I was nervous. But I soon realized, I love teaching Health. I feel so lucky, I really believe I am teaching exactly what I was meant to teach. It's so funny how things work out!
I believe strongly in Health education. With every unit I teach, I work very hard to keep it current and relevant. The information and needs of Health Education changes so quickly! Two of the most important skills I incorporate in every unit are 1) we establish a "peer - norm", this allows students to realize that "not everybody is doing it" , 2) I teach them refusal and decision making skills so they can carry these skills over to real life scenarios.
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I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading. I went on to receive a Masters in the Art of Teaching. Currently, I take Health Education classes online to stay current.
I am a busy mother of two great kids, so I always try to keep it real. I believe simple is best!