This is my 13th year teaching, and I still wake up eager to get to my little bright bulbs each morning! In that time, I've been the pre-k-5th math special, science special, writing special, and now am in my 6th year as teacher of the 5th grade gifted and high achieving students at my school.
If it doesn't hold my interest, it won't hold theirs.
Florida finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2012. First place for Shark Facts lesson plan in county Week of the Ocean Competition, 2009. “Pat on the Back” Award from Tamarac Elementary PTA, April, 2009.
M.S. in Education with a Specialization in Literacy, Walden University, 2006. B.A. in Political Science, Baruch University, City University of New York, 1987. Certifications & Endorsements: National Board Certification/Literacy, 2008 Gifted Education Elementary Education K-6 English Speakers of Other Languages Reading Additional Coursework, Broward Virtual University: ➢ Introduction to Common Core State Standards completed 7/8/12 ➢ Gifted at a Glance completed 7/8/12 ➢ HIV/AIDS Framework for Prevention completed 1/13/12 ➢ Introduction to Family Life & HIV/AIDS completed12/09/11 ➢ Curriculum and Materials: ESOL, completed 7/18/11 ➢ Mastering Math Skills completed 8/1/10 ➢ Advanced Reading Processes completed 7/18/10 ➢ Testing and Evaluation ESOL completed 4/18/10 ➢ Methods of Teaching ESOL completed12/20/09 ➢ Earth and Space: Elementary completed 12/13/09 ➢ Applied Linguistics/ESOL completed 11/22/09 ➢ How Living Things Interact with their Environments completed 7/06/08 ➢ Cross-Cultural Communication/ESOL completed 4/13/08 ➢ Force and Motion: Elementary completed 3/9/08 ➢ Qualities of Great Writing 3-5 completed 12/2/07 ➢ Energy: Elementary completed 11/25/07 ➢ Nature of Matter: Elementary completed 10/28/07 ➢ Processes That Shape the Earth completed 7/8/07 ➢ Online Lab Techniques Procedures &Safety completed 6/17/07 ➢ The HOW TO With Harcourt Math: Kindergarten completed 4/22/07 ➢ Calendar Math completed 3/25/07 ➢ Creating Primary Centers for All Math Strands completed 2/25/07 ➢ Math Geometry and Measurement Strategies completed 10/23/06 ➢ Nature and Needs of the Gifted completed 7/26/06 ➢ Curriculum Development for the Gifted completed 7/26/06 ➢ Guidance and Counseling for the Gifted completed 7/26/06 ➢ Education of Special Populations of Gifted Children completed 7/26/06 ➢ Theory and Development of Creativity completed 7/26/06 Workshops Attended: ➢ Science Resource Teachers of Broward County 9/30/11, 5/23/11, 1/4/11, 11/10/10, 4/13/10, 2/16/10, 12/01/09, 11/1/09, 4/21/09, 2/03/09, 12/09/08, 10/07/08, 4/17/07, 12/19/07,10/03/07 ➢ Served on district pre-screening adoption committee for new science texts, July, 2010. ➢ Bullying of Sexual Minorities 3/6/10, 1/19/10 ➢ A Framework for Understanding Poverty 3/27/09 ➢ National Marine Harbor Institute 2/13-2/16/09 ➢ National Board Mentor Training 1/31/09 ➢ Steve Spangler Science Training 10/11/08 ➢ Anti-bullying Policy 8/26/08
➢ Presented “Awesome Science!” after school workshop for parents and students, 2011, 2010. ➢ Organized and ran “Academic Competition” Professional Learning Community, 2011/2012. ➢ Awarded science grant from Kids in Need, January, 2011. ➢ Presented original lesson plans at Math Extravaganza Showcase of Best Practices September, 2007; September, 2006; September, 2005. ➢ Nominated for BCCTM elementary math teacher of the year, 2006/2007. ➢ Presented original lesson plans at Heart of Mathematics, February, 2006.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Numbers, Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Latin, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Music, Music Composition, Instrumental Music, Physical Education, Computer Science - Technology, Drama, Accounting, Philosophy, Other, Geography, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Decimals, Products For TpT Sellers, For All Subjects, Engineering