Howdy! We are Karen & Alison from Planet Happy Smiles. We have a combined 40 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten. Karen has also taught Pre-K. Karen is currently teaching 2nd Grade/all subjects. Alison is currently teaching 1st grade/Reading and Language Arts. We have both taught professional development for our district and we have also written curriculum for the kindergarten grade level. We are both GT and ESL certified. Visit our blog at Planet Happy Smiles Blog ! Come connect with us!
We both teach in a variety of ways to meet the differentiated needs of our students! We teach whole group for mini lessons, read alouds, etc. We teach small group to help kids with specific needs in reading, writing, math, etc. We teach 1-on-1 for individualized needs, We try to make our learning fun for all the kids!
Spotlight Teacher 2012 - Alison, "Guide of the Week" 2012 - Alison and Karen, "You Make Me Smile Award" 2012-2013- Alison and Karen, "Gone Platinum Award" 2013- Alison and Karen, "Rocker of the Week" 2014- Karen, "Super Hero of the Week" 2015 Karen and Alison, 2015 "Incredible Class of the Week" (3x)- Karen, and Dec. 2015 "Crew Member of the Week"- Karen, 2016-2017 "Lifelong Learner" & Leader of the Week- Karen Sept. 2018- "Staff Member of the Month" - Karen
Karen graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Alison graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Elementary Education. She received her Master's from U of H in Early Education. Karen and Alison are both GT certified and ESL certified. We both continue to grow as educators each year through professional development, book studies, and learning from our peers.
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Other (Music), Drama, Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Cooking, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community