I can't believe I'm in my 19th year of teaching and still so amazed at how "new" the job can feel from year to year! My first 8 years of teaching were spent in jr. high followed by 11 years in Kindergarten and 1st. Currently, I teach 1st and love it!! Throughout my career I've taught G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education), K-1 combo, K, 1st, 6th (self-contained), 6th - 8th Language/Social Studies Core, P.E., and Arts Education.
I believe in capturing the hearts of children with vibrant, clear, concise communication. Balancing that kind of dynamic interaction with high expectations for both academics and behavior, I've found the learning environment transforms into an exciting and safe place for kids. With that said, I place equal emphasis on student productivity. For me, the best recipe for optimal learning has been through a mix of engaging, hands-on activities, direct instruction, thoughtful discussion, adequate feedback, guided practice, independent practice, mastery and frequent assessments.
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Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies - Multiple Subject Credential, Supplementary Authorizations in Art and English.
I'm a wife and full-time mom of 5 beautiful children aged 12 - 21 years!