I retired after 27+ years teaching elementary school. I occasionally do substitute teaching now.
I used cooperative learning structures, especially those created by Dr. Spencer Kagan. It's important for me to show the relationship between what we are learning and the real world to keep students interested. It also doesn't hurt to keep their attention with a little humor!
Elementary School Teacher of the Year in my district in 2008 (Given by Campbellsville University)
Graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky in 1986 with Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1989 with Master's Degree; Obtained my Rank I Certification in 2005 through the Continuing Education Option (CEO)
married for over 30 years, two daughters
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Music, Drama, ELA Test Prep, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Economics , Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading