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This novel unit for Hatchet by Gary Paulsen can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary focus builds
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Personal Narrative Writing Supplement: 6 Activities to Focus & Develop Small Moment Writing Focusing personal narratives on a small moment is a challenge for so many young writers. Teaching your students to find the small moments, or seed
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This novel unit for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary focus
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematics concepts like fractions, decimals, and problem solving? There are so many math standards in fifth grade that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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This novel unit for Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the
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This fun hands-on Valentine activity tests students building skills while reinforcing important mathematical concepts. Students work in partners to build the tallest tower they can using only conversation hearts. A great Valentine's Day
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This novel unit for Charlotte's Web by E.B. White can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary focus
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This novel unit for Frindle by Andrew Clements can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary focus
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This novel unit for Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematical concepts like patterns, place value, and problem solving? There are so many fourth grade math standards that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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Limited vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary, can be a huge barrier to student success in third grade. In just 10 minutes per day, you can effectively build your 3rd graders’ academic language skills with vocabulary activities that focus on
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematical concepts like patterns, place value, and problem solving? There are so many third grade math standards that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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Limited vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary, can be a huge barrier to student success in fifth grade. In just 10 minutes per day, you can effectively build your 5th graders’ academic language skills with activities that focus on building a
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Word problems are one of the most difficult aspects of math instruction today. Getting your 3rd and 4th grade students to apply their problem-solving strategies can feel a little like pulling teeth! Task cards can be a great alternative to those
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This novel unit for The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary
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This novel unit for Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature,
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This novel unit for Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor can save you hours of prep for your literature circles or book clubs. Daily comprehension practice requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary
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This easy, no-prep Grandparents Day crafitivity is perfect for busy classrooms. Students write a short response about why they have the "world's best" grandparent or grandparents and create a ribbon-shaped craft that makes a perfect gift for a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching career began in New York City in 2006, where I served as a self-contained special education teacher for a cross-age classroom. After receiving my Master's degree in school psychology from the University of Minnesota, I moved to Austin, Texas where I returned to the classroom as a special education teacher in a K-5 elementary school and began pursuing a Master's degree in curriculum & instruction.

After having my first child, I transitioned into a district position as the Coordinator of Research & Evaluation, which focused on data analysis and program evaluation for K-12 in a large, suburban district in Texas. However, it didn't take long to realize I missed the students, and after a year, I made a move back into the classroom.

Since that time I've worked as a general education teacher in inclusion and ESL classrooms, with the majority of my time spent teaching third grade. I also received a third (and final) Master's degree in educational leadership and completed my administrative certification.

Most recently, I've worked as a district-level instructional coach supporting teachers working with students in the Response to Intervention framework. This position involved one-on-one and group coaching for intervention teachers at my district's Title I campuses, developing and presenting campus and district level professional development sessions, and serving as a member of district committees dedicated to improving outcomes to struggling and at-risk students.

Certifications: Elementary Education Special Education ESL Gifted Education Administration

MY TEACHING STYLE

My belief is that teachers should meet students where they are in order to get them to where they need to be. Learning can be engaging and fun without sacrificing rigor, and high-quality lessons need to take all those pieces into considerations.

My teaching style focuses on providing differentiated instruction for my students through the use of student choice, differentiated materials, and opportunities to accelerate or modify based on student needs. I incorporate hands-on experiences and manipulatives whenever possible, and I believe connecting learning to real-world experiences is a great way to engage students and prepare them to become contributing citizens. Each year, my classroom engaged in Project Based Learning and community service projects to help build critical thinking about the world.

I believe it is essential for teachers to stay up-to-date on the latest research and be willing to think outside the box and try new things in an effort to improve student outcomes. I purposefully seek out new knowledge and keep current on up-and-coming trends in education. For example, as a classroom teacher, I first introduced flexible seating into my classroom in 2010 after reading the research on the benefits of movement and utilizing yoga balls to support student focus. While flexible seating has moved toward the mainstream these days, at the time this was a cutting edge practice.

I truly believe my biggest strength as a teacher was my ability to differentiate my instruction in a way that allowed each student to feel successful and continue to grow as a learner. I pride myself on knowing that my classroom was a place where my students felt safe to take risks, make mistakes, and join the conversation regardless of their background knowledge (or lack thereof).

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Recent Presentations & Publications
Building Critical Readers through Collaborative Book Studies; Association for Middle Level Education Fall Conference 2016
Data-based Differentiation Strategies; Staff Development for Educators Differentiation Conference 2016 Presentor, Association for Middle Level Education 2016
Burns, M. K., Peters, R., & Noell, G. H. (2008). Using performance feedback to enhance the implementation integrity of the problem-solving team process. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 537-550.

Awards & Honors
Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2009-2014
HEB Rising Star Award Winner for Texas, 2010
HEB Excellence in Education Awards Regional Judge, 2011-2014



MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Education is a core part of my life, both as a learner and a teacher.

I completed my undergraduate degree at a small private college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As an undergraduate, I completed independent research in the impact of cognitive load on memory and skill proficiency in math and reading. In 2004, I graduated from Augsburg College with honors.

I received my Master's degree in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where I focused my research on home-school connections and the Response-to-Intervention framework. During this time, I had a research article published in the Journal of School Psychology, which focused on improving the implementation of the problem-solving team process within RTI.

I later returned to school again, receiving additional Master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from Concordia University.

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