I completed my student teaching at the American School in London, England (ASL) teaching 4th grade. I also wrote an entire human body interactive unit and taught it to all the 4th grade classes. I taught for 7 years in the Corona/Norco Unified School District in Norco, CA, grades 2, 3, 5 and 6. I have been teaching 6th grade math for 15 years in the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ.
I use the student-centered approach to learning in my teaching. Facilitating student learning through investigations and hands-on learning experiences is my primary goal. I plan innovative lessons centered on the real-world that engage students and allow them to play an active and participatory role in their own learning process. I am a kinesthetic learner and that is how I teach. My classroom resembles a gumball machine because my students sit on yoga balls and they are constantly rolling out the door. I use creativity and as much enthusiasm as I can muster to really engage my students and show why and how math has a purpose in their lives.
Awarded The Carmen Lewis Schaecher Memorial Scholarship for exemplary work in student teaching, 1995. Nominated for the Tempe Diablos Teaching Award for Innovation, 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student in College of Education- California Baptist, 2000 Outstanding Senior, Northern Arizona University, 1995
Middle School Mathematics 6-8 Endorsement University of San Diego- English as a Second Language, PreK-12 California Baptist University- Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Reading Northern Arizona University- Bachelor of Science in Education, Science and Math Emphasis
In school, I always excelled in math and science. I thought I wanted to be a doctor (like my dad) when I grew up, so I packed my bags and headed to the University of Arizona (GO WILDCATS) to major in anatomy and physiology and minor in math. Then, during my junior year, I realized that I did not want to become a doctor, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. Many girls in my sorority (Alpha Delta Pi) were education majors, so I decided to take an education class and I loved it!!!! I am now following in the footsteps of my mom, grandmother and great grandmother who were all teachers. Teaching is my passion and destiny; it is what I was born to do. And teaching middle school is always an adventure! Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose!