I began teaching in the public school system after obtaining my bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2004. I taught first grade and looped with my students to second grade. In 2007, I moved to the private sector and taught in a multi-grade classroom with students from first-eighth grade. In 2009, I took over the kindergarten instruction and taught a kindergarten and sometimes kindergarten/first grade combination class while I finished earning my master's degree in language and literacy k-12. In 2013, I began homeschooling my own children which at the time were in kindergarten and second grade. I presently have a rising sixth grader, fourth grader, second grader, and kindergartener in my homeschool.
I am a student-led teacher. I like for my assessments and observations of my students to lead my teaching so that my focus will be on what they need. I frequently use mini-lessons along with writer's and reader's workshop to teach my students. Small group instruction and one-one-one teaching are how a use my time in the classroom giving as much individual attention as possible.
I received a teaching fellowship for college. I was named beginning teacher of the year in my county my first year teaching. I have a master's degree in language and literacy. I am a certified k-12 reading specialist.
I loved school growing up and have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the first grade. I used to line up my dolls in my room and pretend to teach them everything I had learned that day in school using my Cabbage Patch chalkboard and Etch A Sketch that I pretended was an overhead projector (because it had transparencies that you could put on it)! I went to my hometown public school elementary, middle, and high, and then received a teaching fellowship scholarship to college where I earned my degree in elementary education. I then went on and earned my master's degree in language and literacy from the same college while teaching.
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