I am a 24 year veteran teacher. I taught third grade for six years, first grade for nine years, and was bridging the gap in second grade for nine years. This year I began teaching fourth grade. I teach in a self-contained classroom and am responsible for all disciplines. I plan to teach for another five years, and then focus more on projects for my TpT store.
I believe in teaching the whole child. I use high level questioning to pique interest in the different subject areas. I walk around while students are working and watch their progress. I believe in teaching with the children, not from my desk. Students are children first and then students. They often have a lot of baggage that they bring to school. I often have to de-stress students before they can learn. Learning has to be appealing and interesting to hold their attention. I love what I do and teach in the moment.
Three years ago, New York State began grading teachers. I received a Highly Effective grade each year. I have had 100% student growth achievement both years and this year 100% student growth achievement at midyear testing. This happens because of my interest in the child and in the teaching profession as a whole. I credit my love of teaching and my gift of being able to reach and teach children to the good Lord above!
I was eight years out of high school before I entered college. My high school counselor told me I was not college material. I had wanted to teach since I was in seventh grade. My husband encouraged me to go to college and get my degree. I earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 1990, graduated with honors. I earned a Masters in Reading K-12 in 1993, graduated with honors. In 1991 I was hired at Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown, NY. I've been on a roll ever since!
I live in a rural area outside of Cooperstown, NY. My husband and I have three children who are all in college at this time. We have lots of land and enjoy four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and hiking. I also enjoy machine quilting, scrapbooking, and reading. We have two dogs to keep us company and enjoy a quiet, low-key life.