Teaching is a passion for me, particularly with students who have different learning styles. I have taught in the elementary grades for 23 years and am certified in general ed., early childhood education and special education. I have Wilson Certifications and am Nationally Board Certified with an emphasis in mild to moderate disabilities.
I view students who come to my classroom room as having learning differences vs. learning disabilities. It is my job to introduce strategies to my students they will be able to use to achieve in all areas of their lives. These strategies vary, depending upon the needs of my students who learn to maximize on their strengths to support what challenges them most. My classroom is a safe, flexible community with high expectations. Because we often spend multiple years together, we are a family supported by trust and mutual respect.
2008 National Board Certification for Teachers - mild to moderate disabilities 2010 Awarded Grant (NEA Foundation) to attend the Davis Dyslexia Center for training on how to teach self-regulation strategies to overcome visual perceptual distortions 2015 Wells Fargo Golden Apple Grant Award 2017 Above and Beyond Teacher Award - Albuquerque the Magazine
1990 New Mexico State University - BA in Education Elementary Education (K-8) Special Education (K-12) 1997 Early Childhood License earned 2005 Wilson Reading System Level 1 Certification 2006 Wilson Reading System Group Certification 2007 Wilson Reading Fluency Certification 2008 National Board Certification for Teacher - mild to moderate disabilities
My two sons, Cam and Jake, have always kept my husband, James and I hoppin' with soccer, basketball,and life in general. Changes with college and highschool have crept up on us, but our continued love of the outdoors keeps us grounded and we spend as much time as possible, as a family, at our family cabin in Southern Colorado.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Mental Math, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading