I started as a substitute teacher 18 years ago. I loved getting to spend time with students in grades K-6. My first teaching certificate was in Secondary Government. I loved the content and the independence of high school students. I later received my elementary certificate. After a short time in second grade, I found my home in third grade. I absolutely fell in love with the age group and the content. I had a huge interest in curriculum and started creating curriculum in 2013. I also become a teacher author during that year and have been writing to teach and assist other teachers in their classroom.
I am a firm believer in the math, reading and writing workshop. I feel that guided groups and centers are the best way to provide differentiation. I go out of my way to make learning fun. I like to get students moving, creating and playing games as they learn.
I am a published author and a published artist.
I have a Bachelors of Science from Northern Arizona University.
I have a degree in American Political Studies and I have worked in every branch of the state government. I have been married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart and we have four kids and two dogs.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, Other, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading