I have taught students in grades PreK through 1st grade for the past 16 years. I have taught most of those years at an international school in Central America. My knowledge of and experience with the rainforest has enriched my teaching. I have been teaching first grade since 2003! Being at one grade level so long has helped me to understand the learning process, especially in reading.
I teach through UbD (understanding by design) and plan units around themes. I use technology to enrich my teaching and make learning meaningful and applicable to children's real life experiences.
I have a BA in Child Development.
I am trilingual in English, Spanish and Japanese. My husband is Japanese and I have traveled between the U.S., Costa Rica and Japan since I got married in 1996. This has given me a depth of understanding of different cultures and made me more sensitive to the different needs of my diverse students.