Welcome to my shop! I have worked with children in all grades from preschool-6th through summer camps, before/after school programs, tutoring, aide, substituting, and my own classroom. I have taught 4 years of 5th grade and combination 4th/5th grades. I am currently staying home with my two young daughters and enjoy creating preschool and kindergarten work for them as well. In my shop, you will find both upper elementary and preschool-kindergarten materials :)
My style involves structure, high expectations, respect, and love. When I incorporate those things in my classroom, my students thrive. We have a strong sense of community, and we truly enjoy our time together.
One of the most rewarding experiences I have had teaching involved a student with selective mutism. When she entered my class in 5th grade, she only spoke to a handful of people. If she did speak to anybody else, it was very quiet, and she was nervous and really closed herself off. I was a new, young teacher, and the administrator and the girl's mother wanted to try something different by putting her in my class. She had never had a young teacher. I knew it was going to be a challenge, but I made it my goal to help her break through this. Throughout the year, I really focused on building a personal, trusting relationship with her. It started with baby steps, small breakthroughs like simply saying hello to me. By the end of the year, she had developed several new friendships, she was raising her hand to answer questions in class, and she even spoke in front of the class a few times. It was such an amazing thing to witness this girl as she transformed. The following year, her mother came back to tell me that she was doing fantastic in middle school, and that she had even given a complete presentation to her class. Her mother was beaming! I was so blessed to be given this challenge, and it is definitely a situation that I will always remember and value.
I graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and an ESL Endorsement. While teaching, I also received a certificate in GATE.
In addition to education, my interests include running, cake decorating, and just about every kind of craft. I love spending time with my family and enjoying the simple things in life.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Biology, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, ELA Test Prep, Geography, Life Skills, Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Character Education, Word Problems, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, End of Year, Phonics