Though I am currently out of the classroom, I have 14 years of elementary teaching experience, mostly in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I began creating resources for My Happy Place on TeachersPayTeachers in 2013. I have enjoyed being part of this community of educators.
I believe it is important to respect the developmental levels of young children while providing them with ample opportunity for growth and challenge. I prefer to teach with themes, nurturing curiosity in my students and allowing them to explore a new or familiar subject in depth. I also value hands-on experience, problem solving, and opportunities for strengthening fine and gross motor skills.
I am honored to have been the first teacher to many of my students. I am rewarded daily by their success! I was also the 2015 Teacher of the Year at my school.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Illinois, many credits toward a Masters degree, and plenty of professional development over the years!
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Products For TpT Sellers, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month