4th grade teacher in southern California. I've previously taught 2nd, a 2/3 combo, 7th, and 8th grade ELA and Social Studies. I was also an instructional coach in my school district, specializing in secondary ELA, literacy across the content areas, and assessment.
Student-centered focus, with an emphasis on cooperative engagement strategies, student-choice, and fun through learning! Lover of flexible seating. Growth mindset cheerleader. A reformed math hater!
2012 & 2018 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, focusing on adolescent literacy Multiple Subject Teaching Credential BA in Journalism
I'm a reformed math hater. I always struggled with learning and doing math, from pretty much 3rd grade on, and sought to avoid it as much as possible throughout life. I even allowed my fear of math to stop me from persuing many of the science classes I was interested in taking because of the math requirements. I share all of that because I now love teaching math to my students. My own struggles have fueled my desire to help my students understand the why of math, as well as providing them with a full toolbox of strategies to call on. I encourage them to develop their math brands, and employ a lot of growth mindset and the power of yet when they struggle. I also share my own personal math difficulties with them throughout the year, to show it's not something you are born good at.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Other (Specialty), Math Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Library Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month, Classroom Community