I have been teaching 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades for 30 years. I never get tired of watching students light up with enthusiasm or find success as a result of determination and hard work.
I always tell my students, "Silly is never good, but relaxed is great." In every lesson, our brains have to be able to say two things: "This sounds interesting" and "I think I could understand this if I try." My goal every year is to create a relaxed classroom environment where thinking and understanding are priorities.
I was honored to be described as a "cornerstone teacher" by my school administrator.
B.A., English, Rutgers University M.Ed., Learning Disabilities, William Paterson University
Married with three sons. In September 2018, one son started full-time work, another started high school, and the third entered middle school. We still have years of PTA meetings ahead of us!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, World Language, Arts & Music, Music, Vocal Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Geography, Religion, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Study Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Martin Luther King Day, Decimals, Informational Text, Close Reading