This is my eighth year teaching first grade in Highland Park, IL.
During my student teaching, "differentiation" was the current buzz word. Therefore, I was "raised" in education to differentiate for my students' needs. I assess continually and conduct a lot of small group instruction to differentiate for my students each year.
Presenter at the 2013 Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) conference.
I have a Master of Education in Reading and Literacy degree from Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. I have a Reading Specialist certificate and have earned endorsements (and am highly qualified) in Middle School Education, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Sciences. I am also a "Technology Leader" in my elementary school building.
Highly Qualified in Mathematics:
Math is one of my favorite subjects, and always has been. In college, I chose to specialize in mathematics with my education degree, even though I had tested out of any math credit requirements. I loved learning to teach math as much as learning it myself. I am an active participant in district math curriculum and assessment design committees. I am especially well versed in the first grade Common Core State Standards for mathematics. I design my math activities based on the CCSS and their specific criteria. I see many educators and publishers trying to match their previous work to the CCSS. Many of these products claim to “align” with the CCSS; however they do NOT contain the same level of concepts and strategies outlined in the standards. When you purchase my math materials, you can be certain they are not aligned, but designed based on the CCSS by an educator who understands mathematics.
Nikki is an artist and a first grade teacher. She enjoys using a variety of artistic media. Currently, her illustrating technique combines the use of watercolor, collage, and graphic design. Her children’s books and teacher materials incorporate her experience with children and art. Her work is inspired by her love of water, animals and family.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Computer Science - Technology, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Handwriting