B.A. in Elementary Education (K-8) certified Highly Qualified in Social Studies & Language Arts M.A. in Technology in the Educational August 1999 – December 2006 I taught 7.5 years at Rockvale Elementary in Rockvale, Tennessee. This is part of the Rutherford County School District. During these beginning years of teaching I taught the following grades and subjects. 5th grade U.S. History, Reading, & Science 6th grade World History, Health, & Spelling 7th grade World Geography & Creative Writing 8th grade English As one of the “New Kids” on the block I was moved around quite a bit as our school adjusted to its fluctuation in growth and other schools opening up. While I was in the middle of my career at Rockvale Elementary education started using the Highly Qualified status of its teachers. I spent two years in 5th grade, but the remainder of my time there was spent in the middle school setting due to my H. Q. I took a 11 month leave of absence due to medical issues and returned to teaching in a technology setting. November 2007 – May 2008 7 months- as the Technology Specialist & Computer lab teacher to the magnet school The Discovery School at Reeves Rogers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This school is a part of the Murfreesboro City School District. This school of excellence was awarded a grant to allow each 4th – 6th grade students to have their own Apple lap tops. The grant also paid for my position for three years. Unfortunately, I came in the last 7 months of that grant and the economy bottomed out that year. The school still has its Apple lap top grant, but there was not enough funding for my position. I LOVED this AMAZING school and the experience and hope that someday they will have the funding to have this position again to help the teachers and the students of this school. August 2008 – May 2009 School Based Technology Specialist – STS I returned to Rutherford County Schools in August of 2008 as a STS. The STS is a teaching position that each school in our district has. I was based at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Smyrna, Tennessee. I got my masters in technology so I could someday have this exact teaching position. LOVED this JOB!!!!!! When I am done with my current teaching position I hope to someday have this position again. Click this link to see the job description is for a STS. My favorite part of this position was working with and teaching the teachers how they could use technology as an amazing tool in their classroom. After the year with me as their STS we focused a lot of our Title funding to bring this amazing technology in our school. This was voted on by the teachers of my school. Each classroom got a mounted projector, a screen, an ELMO, and an Interwrite Pad. We purchased more CPS units for the school as well. It was great to watch our technology boom! Unfortunately I only had this position for one year. You guessed it the economy got worse. Ugh!!!! I was one of the last hired so I was the first to go back into the classroom, and you will NEVER guess what I started teaching. I absolutely LOVE my new school and loved it so much that I stayed there even though I was scared to death to teach the only available position left. I fell in love with my new position. August 2009 - 2013 Kindergarten Readiness You didn’t guess that one did you. LOL. I think my first day in this position I may have been more scared than my students. On my first full day of class we were setting up our mats for nap. A little girl came up to me, the second day of her school year, told me she wuved me and held her arms out for a hug. Yes, she had me at “I wuv you”. I was hooked and found the best kept secret in teaching, KR. Click on this link to discover what Kindergarten Readiness is. It is A LOT of hard work to prepare for these little ones, but at this time in my life it fits. Me. I LOVED middle school at that time in my life, but my life took a drastic detour when I got sick. In many ways I have changed since this illness started. One of those ways is the patience, most days, and the love of the little kids. I was scared for this new journey, but I now know God has sent me on this path. He had to beat me over the head a fed times. Yes, I tried to find something else to teach instead of teaching this, but God showed me my new path in life. He used the other KR teachers in my county, that sweet little girl, and the patience that this illness has given me.
First and foremost I believe in showing each of my children that they will be safe, respected, and loved in my classroom. I believe that this is one of the most important parts of my job. I want the children in my classroom to learn to love school, to know that they are safe while they are at school, that they can trust me and the other adults in the building, to feel loved, and to laugh everyday within my classroom. In many instances my classroom is a child and family’s first introduction to school – even if this is not your first child going to school, each experience is as unique and different as your children are. I believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful early childhood experience. As a teacher of the young, I share with parents the responsibility for teaching their child. Parents are invited and encouraged to share in their child’s schooling in a variety of ways. Each child brings a wealth of educational and cultural experiences to our KR class. Children have encountered many teachers (parents, siblings, extended family, friends, neighbors, and preschool) before they meet their kindergarten teachers. I hope to promote self-discovery and self-awareness. My goal is to foster independence and help your child gain and use necessary skills for working in small groups as well as the class as a whole. Your child will learn how to function well as a group member, how to ask for help and be helpful, how to complete a task and put things away. Each child is encouraged and guided to move beyond his/her current level of understanding. The KRC curriculum is designed to address all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual) and to meet needs of diverse groups of learners. Children are active learners: touching, trying, moving, talking, writing, drawing, questioning. Throughout the day in my classroom the children have opportunities to explore, investigate, and predict. I believe that we need to support and honor “magical memory reading” as essential literacy experience for young children who have limited language and print experience. Memory reading with nursery rhymes and song picture books builds oral language fluency and allows children to believe they can read before they are actually reading word-for-word. These opportunities to role-play themselves as successful readers while learning concepts about print must accompany traditional shared and guided reading instruction, especially for children who have not had years of repeated “magical memory reading” experiences at home. This is how we develop language and reading skills simultaneously. Our classroom is a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. It provides the children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists. We as teachers work to help the children to be empowered, to feel valued, to be listened to, to be competent and successful in school.
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High School = Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. B.A.= Martin Methodist College M.A.= Walden University
In my spare time I help a local greyhound rescue group called All About Hounds in Smyrna, Tennessee. I rescued my first greyhound Anubis in 2004. He is 12 years old and lying next to me as I am typing. :)
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Close Reading