I have 26 years of bilingual and ELL/ESL elementary teaching experience in public schools in Texas and Alaska. I have taught multi-age (PK, PK/K, K, K/1st, K/1st/2nd, 1st, 2nd, and 1st/2nd) dual-language, one-way immersion, two-way immersion, half-day, whole day, and modified bilingual classrooms in two districts. I also have experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade, Head Start, providing professional development for teachers, and I have been a mentor teacher, demo teacher, and evaluation coach for Fort Worth ISD and Anchorage School District. In addition, I have taught a biweekly evening Spanish class for 10 years (age 14+, mostly adults) as a community service.
Differentiated, constructivist, student-centered, systematic, whole language, creative, original, and fun! It is best practice to meet kids at their individual level and build on their strengths. Differentiation is important to build confidence and keep children feeling safe so they are willing to take a little risk to push themselves forward. By making learning FUN they are motivated, excited, enjoy learning, and work more productively.
Includes a variety of small awards, certificates, a plaque or two, several stints as presenter at district level conferences, and one presentation at a national conference on bilingual education at Texas Christian University. I'm just a teacher, not a rockstar. :-)
Texas Christian University: Spanish and a B.S. in Psychology (emphasis on motivational psychology) University of North Texas: Bilingual and Early Childhood Education Lifetime certification (Texas) in ESL, General Education, Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education Professional certification, same areas, in Alaska
Grew up in Texas and Alaska, both rich in multicultural opportunities. I love language, nature, art, music, and teaching Spanish!
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Science, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Special Education, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Classroom Management, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Easter, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community