My teaching experiences include: -Teaching first through fourth grade at an inner city school in the South, -Teaching second graders at a religious affiliated school in a small town setting, -Teaching Special Education and first grade at several public schools in a rural school district. -A practicum experience at an English Primary School in northern England. My students have come from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I have taught several children with serious chronic illnesses, English Language Learners, and children with a variety of special needs. I have also tutored, as well as taught summer school to Gifted and Talented learners.
I am always looking for effective approaches to help students learn. I believe that as educators we need to understand that students learn through a variety of modes. Many are kinesthetic learners and learn best by doing activities along with listening, speaking, and writing. My goal is to help my students maximize their educational experience by building within them a love for learning. I consider myself creative and energetic.
I am happiest when I am with my students. My greatest reward is to see their enthusiasm for learning. Our small, rural school received the honor of being selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for demonstration of academic excellence in 2014. I attribute our success to our teaching staff's combined expertise united in a team effort with our parents and support staff.
I received my Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Special Education and Elementary Education. Later, I achieved a Masters of Education with a double emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education and Environmental Education.
I'm married with three children. I enjoy nature and the outdoors. I like to garden, take long walks in the woods or on the beach, and go for leisurely bike rides. I also keep bees. I enjoy doing family history research. To that end I can occasionally be found in libraries, courthouses, and graveyards looking for clues to our family's heritage.