33+ years in the classroom and now going strong creating materials to help other teachers through TpT. Over the years I taught grades 4,5,6 and middle school math but I also taught 1st grade and was the Academic Achievement Specialist for the last two years before I retired. I've decided creating fun and engaging teaching materials is my hobby because I do it for for fun. To me, it's important that we help students find the joy in learning.
I'm a projects-based, real life application and hands-on kind of teacher. I love integrating technology and infusing math and writing into whatever lessons I can. My motto: Teach all students as if they are talented and gifted (because they are)!
I'm so blessed to have received these amazing honors: * Disney Teacher Award Honoree * Microsoft's First Worldwide Innovative Teacher * Intel Innovative Teacher * JASON Project Teacher Argonaut, Panama Expedition with Dr. Robert Ballard's expedition team * Mount Vernon Teachers Institute Recipient from Oregon * Mount Vernon Lesson Plan of the Year * OnPoint Credit Union Excellence in Education Award * Featured in the book, One-On-One with America's Most Inspiring Teachers * Featured in the book, Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times * Redmond Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year
* Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College * Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education, Oregon State University * Oregon Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate * Mathematics Endorsement (through Algebra One) * Reading Endorsement
I have an amazing husband and daughter who is in PT school. We live on a 10-acre farm with our Golden Retriever. I enjoy spending time with my family and dog, quilting, kayaking, hiking, camping, and traveling. Visit My Blog and My Classroom Website
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Place Value, Products For TpT Sellers, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, Test Preparation, End of Year, Close Reading, Women's History Month