In my 35 years in the classroom, I have taught special education, journalism, computers, history,study skills, and English. I am currently a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Lawrence Jones Middle School in Rohnert Park, California.
I practice many Active Student Engagement strategies in my classroom, and for many years have coached other teachers in ASE practices. My materials reflect this emphasis on student engagement.
I am honored to have been selected as Region 1 (Northern California) CLMS Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. I have received the Circle of Excellence Award for my mentoring of beginning teachers and work with student teachers (Sonoma State University) and the Jack London Award for Educational Excellence for the "Write to the Point" writing program, which I co-wrote. The "Write to the Point" Program earned our school a California Golden Bell Award. I was a Jack London nominee for our Active Student Engagement peer coaching program.
My BA in English, MA in Special Education, multiple subject and learning handicapped specialist credentials are from Fresno State University. I also received an administrative credential from Sonoma State University and have an English supplementary credential.
It's easy to find my class at LJMS - it's the one with the green Vespa parked right outside the door!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Social Studies - History, World History, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Poetry, Informational Text, Close Reading