Seasoned rather than vintage, I am a veteran teacher of two decades and approximately 2,700 students ranging every educational spectrum you could envision. I have taught all grades in various settings, including civic and religious, but my vocational experience has focused on teaching middle and high students.
Instructionally speaking, I require that my educational experiences answer YES to one of more the following questions: Does this make the student more aware? empowered? inspired? creative? Further, I validate my lesson plans by asking the following: Is this lesson accessible? engaging? important? challenging? Finally, I believe the classroom should be a community marked by humanity and empathy where the vision is to be on a journey together with purpose.
VFW State Citizenship Teacher of Middle Grades Winner 2015; Two-time STAR teacher honoree with nominating STAR students now attending Harvard and Wellesley; current site-level teacher of the year semi-finalist; recipient of yearbook dedication (my favorite honor); Summa cum laude undergraduate; 3.9+ GPA in all educational courses; member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers 3 times; Freshman English Student of the Year at GSU; High School salutatorian
Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Reading; Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education with Language Arts and Social Science concentration; Gifted endorsement; Special Education General Curriculum certification; Reading certification; Advanced Placement English Literature endorsement
Mother of three little rascals (one boy, one girl, one Chihuahua) and shameless cougar-wife to a devilishly handsome ginger. Blissfully happy, the items listed on here are intended to be encouraging and empowering for my fellow teachers. Enjoy!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, World History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Psychology, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Products For TpT Sellers, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading