Currently, I am in my tenth year of teaching third grade. I taught K-12 music and special education in the beginning of my career. This is my 12th year in the classroom and I can't imagine myself doing anything else!
I teach on a 3rd & 4th grade multi-age team with three other teachers. I'm a huge fan of active engagement. I love having what I like to call "controlled chaos" in my classroom. There is always somebody up and around, but my students are on task and learning. I have combined Whole Brain Teaching, The Leader in Me, and Cooperative Learning strategies to make my classroom run as smoothly as possible. I use Reading and Writing Workshop in my classroom, as well as Interactive Notebooks.
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B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education from University of Central Missouri (It was Central Missouri State University when I went through...the name has changed in more recent years). M.S. in Elementary Administration from University of Central Missouri Certified in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Building-Level Administrator
Personal tidbits: - Jesus girl - Wife of Matthew - Mom of three darling daughters (Harlee - 10, Claire - 8, and Mattie - 3) - Owner of Newkirk Photography (www.newkirkphoto.com) - Restoring a 100-year-old farmhouse with my family (www.farmhouse654.com)
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Career and Technical Education, Other (Social Studies - History), Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects