20+ years in the classroom! Where has the time gone?? :( Had to retire due to Disability, a flare of my rare autoimmune disease knocked me down and I'm still trying to get back up consistently. Not a day goes by that I don't miss my classroom! 8 years- Conroe ISD in Texas--Bozman Elementary, 6th Science, ESL, GT, PASS--DistrictWide Presenter Teaching Science as Inquiry--2015, 10 years-- FortWorthISD--Western Hills Elementary-- 3rd Grade, Lead Science Teacher, Grade Level Chair, and District CURRICULUM-Writer: 3rd Grade Science (complete year's Science Curriculum and Training for Teachers), 1st grade ESL FWISD Science Training Leader 3 years--Dallas Public Schools--2nd Grade ESL-Sam Houston Elementary, 3rd Grade-RL Thornton Elementary, AC and Graduate Program wTWU, long-term Sub 2nd self-contained, Cowart Elementary, long-term sub 2nd, self-contained, Withers Elementary Marketing Director--Five Star Foods Inc. 8 yrs Product Placement Manager --Nickelodeon's Wild n Crazy KIDS, Woody Fraser Productions, Burbank, CA
I love an active learning environment! I love it when the kids can't wait to come to my class everyday! I love hands-on ActionLABs in TEAMS or Partners! Kids learn by DOING best. I think GAMEs are a great way to study and learn while also having FUN and getting that natural competitive nature to work in academics! My Units have several ActionLABs, at least 2, usually 3 or 4, and a few SORTs or GAMES, including my Vocab MatchUP Race and Cards that the students look forward to every week. I always have a Choice BOARD going for every content SuperSET or 2-3 weeks. They help with Differentiation, Vocabulary development, and are very STEAM for my creative and high level kiddos. I have developed a NO PAPERS CLASSROOM, which only benefits the kids, as they are completely responsible for their grade.I will not allow them to fail, either. They must correct TESTs for half-the-points-back and show their PROOF for credit. This way, they learn from their mistakes-- which is what we want anyway, right? They'll see those questions, or similar ones, again on Benchmarks and End of Year TESTs and must be prepared! This attacks what they do not know head-on. Then, they will prepare by making a QandA style GAME from the Study Guide I give them that has sample ASSESSMENT style questions on them. We must teach them to study before they get to High School and have no clue! I love getting kids excited for Science and seeing them grow up and attend our District's Science Academies in High School-- or seeing them being well-adjusted and successful in whatever they choose, but remember that learning can be AWESOME--- from my class, of course! I feel it my duty to help rally the next generation of Scientists in America, and even if they don't choose it as a career, they have a life-long love of curiosity and asking questions--just as Einstein did. Check out TSTA.org for ways to help prepare our kiddos for the future! Science ROCKS-- hopefully you find--with Smalley! --AND YOU! I promise my products will help you---ROCK THE SCIENCE IN YOUR CLASSROOM!
Who's Who of America's Teachers Science Curriculum Writer FWISD and Teacher Trainer-- 3rd grade Science, 1st grade ESL Science Teacher Excellence Awards (25+) Rainwater Environmental Grant Curriculum Trainer of TEACHERS, LEAD Science Teacher MOST requested Teacher at my school for the past 7 years
University of Southern California--Major: Business/Marketing, Minor: George Lucas School of Cinema-Television Texas Women's University-18 graduate hours in Early Childhood, Psycholinguistics, ESL Methods
Love my family-- keeping up with both of them is a challenge! My husband is a work--hockey--off-short boat - a-hol-ic. My beautiful daughter is a Senior! Love my rescued kitties, Emmy, Puss in Boots, and Zulu and my border collie, Pepper, found at MCAS.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Graphing, Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, World History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), General Science, Physical Science, Forensics, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Engineering