I have worked in education since 2009 and have an extensive background in working with diverse student populations. I have taught middle and high school social studies courses as well as English Language Learners (ELL) in grades 6-8.
My teaching style demands a cooperative learning environment where students take ownership of their learning and engage in the process through group and personal projects. My methodology reflects that of IB schools. I also have extensive training in SIOP lesson planning.
My students have won writing awards at the district level and presented their work at teaching colleges in Nebraska.
I hold two (2) masters degrees: 1) Masters of Political Science and, 2) Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. My background includes a focus on International Relations and Political Theory with a minor in History of the Holocaust and Social Justice. My second graduate degree focused on the social sciences with a minor in teaching English Language Learners and linguistics. I have worked in the education field with a group supporting the education of migrant farm workers and their children. I have worked with indigenous youth and reservation schools since 2012.
I came to teaching in a very atypical manner. A gifted learner that grew bored with school, I eventually dropped out during high school only to obtain my GED and eventually go to college. It was during my time in college I fell in love with learning all over again and became involved in youth education. Through the guidance of two wonderful professors I began to think about education as a career.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Art History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Women's Studies, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Business, Economics , ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Reading Strategies, Close Reading, African History