I've been teaching for 28 years in public schools, all but one of those years in a small rural school in Maine. I taught K for a year, before taking the next ten years off to stay at home with our children. I did own and operate my own preschool for a couple of years during this time. A job opened up in our town's school in 1986 and I've taught there ever since. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and a multi 1/2, with the majority of my experience in first grade - my absolute favorite!
My quote says it all..."School isn't about what I teach, it is about what my students learn." I truly believe that every child has the ability to learn and it is my job to make sure that each and every one of my students is given the means to reach their full potential. Young children learn best by doing, so much of what we do is active, gets them up and moving around, and is hands-on whenever possible. We do a lot to involve each child and to make sure that everyone has a voice in what we do. My students have ownership over their own learning. We work to reach our Shared Vision and goals for our year together. We make sure to have fun along the way!
I am a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was the Teacher of the Year for Lincoln County in 2005.
I graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1974, with a degree in Child Development. I earned my Masters Degree in Elementary Education with a Literacy focus in 1994.
I am fortunate to work in a district that has made the change to learner-centered proficiency based learning. Professional Development has been provided to all of us to build capacity and I've taken advantage of each training level. I've had Awareness Training (RISC Symposium), Classroom Design and Delivery (Beacon), Instructional Design and Delivery (Advanced Beacon), Guide Training, and follow-up site visits. At my school we have also implemented a program based on the 7 Healthy Habits based on Sean Covey's work.