11 years in the classroom teaching math and science. Currently on my 8th year as science instructional specialist for grades k-5.
I am a true believer the first thing that should ever start a successful classroom is to build relationships with each student. I tell every new teacher to start there! Students will perform and work extremely hard for the teacher they love and who has faith in them. Secondly, if students aren't engaged and actively involved, there will likely be some who slip through the cracks and their learning is limited for the year. Every child should be able to manipulate and explore everything they are taught. So, it is my number one goal to make every lesson as engaging and hands-on as possible. I try to think about someone telling me how to build a car motor and how lost I would be; but if they showed me how, and let me actually build it with their facilitation, I just might learn a thing or two. There may not be a car running on it, but hey, I built it!
Teacher of the year
I have a BS in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University with a minor in English and Early Childhood Education.
Why do I call myself the Spinning Scientist? Well, that is exactly how I feel every day! My head is constantly spinning about how I can better myself as a teacher and meet the needs of each and every student. I spin ideas through my head literally all day! I taught 5th grade Math and Science for 11 years and then became a science instructional specialist. I support and plan with K-5 teachers weekly and model lessons for teachers in their classroom. This is my 8th year of having this position and talk about a spinning head! Now, there are teacher's needs that need to be met along with giving them quality lessons and ideas to use in their classroom! Whew! I am truly blessed for my life as a wife, a mother, and an educator who has the drive to be a lifelong learner!