I have eight years of experience in first grade. I have taught four years in a regular education setting and three years in special education. The special education settings included a K-2 self-contained classroom and co-teaching (TAM) classroom. I have a strong background in special education, but also a passion for reading! For several years, I have been on the reading committee for our school, as well as, my grade level rep for all things reading!
As a teacher, I try to maintain student engagement and differentiate my instruction to meet the many different learning levels and styles within the classroom. Collaborative learning is key to students understanding the content and a way to further explore topics. By creating hands on lessons, students remain engaged and make concrete connections. I also do many quick formative checks to evaluate student understanding and guide my instruction.
I have had three nominations for Teacher of the Year for my school and was recently awarded a scholarship from Autism Delaware to pursue a teacher certificate in autism.
I have my Bachelors in Elementary Education (K-6), Masters in Teaching and Learning, and Special Education certification. I am currently taking classes towards a Masters in Special Education with a focus on autism and severe disabilities and trauma.
I teach in a high-poverty school district which comes with many challenges, such as, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. My goal is to create a safe and caring environment where students can build positive relationships, set learning goals, and of course, grow!