I have been teaching for ten years now. I got my start teaching second and fifth grade in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After that, I was unbelievably excited to move back home to Virginia, and begin teaching there. I had a great three years teaching fifth grade with the most fabulous ladies! We even survived the beginning of our district's PLC journey and RTI incorporation. I was a CLT facilitator for my grade level and the school's language arts instructional leader. On the side, I also worked at a physics lab in the education department, teaching fellow fifth grade teachers how to rock at being science teachers! Then, I had to move because of my husband's career. In Honolulu, Hawaii, I had the amazing opportunity to teach for two years at a K-12 blended online school. I am currently teaching in Central Florida, and hope that we stay put for awhile!
I love an organized classroom, so I go to great lengths to ensure that my students love an organized classroom, as well. I am very open and honest with my students, and share many stories (even embarrassing ones) with my kids. I have slight obsessions with: graphic organizers, small groups, learning games, online games, Promethean Planet anything, PowerPoints with insane pictures and cool videos, and Interactive Notebooks. I'm all about making learning fun and exciting. But when we need to get down to work, we just do it with style.
Teacher of the Year, 2012-2013
I took the long path in college. I began at one university and finished at another. I have my Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Old Dominion University in Virginia. I also obtained my PreK-6 Elementary Education Licensure from ODU. In December 2013, I earned my Master's Degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Happy Teaching, ya'll!
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Other (Science), Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Decimals, For All Subjects