I have been teaching for 34 years at the elementary level and 15 years at the university level. I am currently a fifth grade teacher by day and an adjunct university instructor at night!
I believe in helping students to discover their own learning. I create lessons that allow students to work through their own problems and find solutions in team settings. I also create a risk-free learning environment so all students can contribute and feel free to share ideas!
I have been recognized by my school district as their teacher of the year. The governor of Florida awarded me the Florida Shine Award for STEM teaching. Last year, I was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching by President Obama. I have also been honored as a Part Time Instructor at the University of South Florida and received the Elementary Science Teacher of the Year award from the Florida Association of Science Teachers.
I am a graduate of Long Island University with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. I received my Master's degree in Math and Science from the University of South Florida. I also hold my National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist and am ESE, ESOL, and Reading certified.
I am married and live with my husband and dog Rocco in Florida!