I have taught 5th grade for 10 years in Virginia and LOVE it! The last four years have been focused on gifted instruction, as my classroom population of 30 is mostly GATE (Gifted and Talented) identified. However, my lessons are ones I feel are adaptable to regular education and special education. I am a SMART Exemplary Educator, have served for 3 years as grade level chairperson, served as Gradequick specialist on the technology committee for the last 5 years, Destination Imagination Coach, and am a member of the Chesapeake Education Association and the Chesapeake Reading Council.
I have a very dynamic teaching style in that it's not centered on one particular strategy. I feel that my instruction is an amalgamation of structure and creative expression, teacher-driven and student-focused, movement-based, technology-enhanced, and differentiated philosophies. I strive for each of my lessons to have a teacher-driven component, as well as portions where students must interact with each other, show what they know, and use SMART board technologies.
2011 Chesapeake City Elementary Teacher of the Year; 2007 Butts Road Intermediate Reading Teacher of the Year; 2004; Scored in top 10% of all Praxis scores for the state of Virginia; I was Nominated for Who’s Who for Teachers 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012; and I was featured in Dr. Victoria R. Fu’s book: Teaching as Inquiry, ©2005, page 93
I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Virginia Tech in Elementary Education. Through UVA, I've earned a Gifted and Talented teaching endorsement.
I am a mom of a beautiful and funny 2-year old girl and a wife of a Reservist and Government Civilian. I love technology and enjoy finding new ways to use it in the classroom. In my free time, I love to read and hang out with my family!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, Computer Science - Technology, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Decimals, Informational Text, Test Preparation