I have been teaching since 1976. Most of my experience has been teaching 6th grade at a middle school in Florida for 22 years. I currently teach in a small rural district in Georgia that has fewer students in the district than the middle school had in Florida. Here I have taught 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. I am certified to teach elementary, middle school reading, language arts, and social studies, as well as high school civics and history. I am also certified to teach special education K-12.
Hands on, interactive, child centered. The key to good teaching is finding what the students are good at and building on their strengths. Once students begin to learn they find out that learning is fun!
Social Studies Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year Nominee Teacher of the Quarter Special Education Mainstream Teacher of the Year Who's Who in American Education I am honored every time a former student says I have made a difference in their lives.
I had an outstanding basic education in the Clarkston School District in Rockland County, New York. My school taught the whole child. In elementary school I learned French, music theory, studied the Masters in art class, and can discuss and play most sports. My district constistently led the state in scores on the Regents Exam. I moved to Florida in 8th grade and sailed through school on the strength of that foundation. I was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University (meaning I entered college as a Junior) and made either Deans List, or Presidents Honor Roll every semester. I try to teach my students the way I was taught; to analyze every challenge and use reasoning to solve the problem.
I live with my husband David and two rescued Airedale mixes. We have two adult daughters and three grandchildren. In addition to teaching for 36 years I have also been a realtor, a columnist and my husband and I invest in real estate rentals. We enjoy traveling, great food, rock concerts and water sports.