Over the past 12 years, I have worked as a general education teacher in 5th grade on both coasts, an elementary school librarian, and a 1:1 reading and language tutor. I received my M.Ed. in Language and Literacy in 2014 and subsequently became a certified Orton-Gillingham language practitioner. Orton-Gillingham is an individualized approach to helping students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities become more successful readers, writers, and spellers. I am just now beginning this journey of capturing the work I have done over the past 12 years here on TPT. I truly welcome any and all feedback--especially now that I am not in the classroom. I believe teachers have one of the hardest jobs out there, and the more we can use resources like these to make everything just a little bit easier, the better! Please let me know what is (and isn't!) working for you.
No matter what the content, I love getting my students immersed in what they are learning. I enjoy the challenge of taking a traditional "sage on the stage" lesson or unit and turning into an opportunity for students to uncover knowledge for themselves in a way that really sticks. I appreciate clear objectives and directions and believe students do, too.
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B.A. Boston College, Elementary Education and Spanish, 2004 M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Language and Literacy, 2014
I have two young children (with a third on the way!) and recently moved to the mountains of Idaho. Although I am not currently teaching full-time, I enjoy staying involved through education blogs and resources like TPT. I am also a 1:1 tutor for several students needing either remediation or extension in reading and math.