I've taught primary grades for 30 years in both regular education and education of the hearing impaired. I have many lessons I've developed over the years to help my students learn. I've also been trained as a literacy classroom demonstration teacher using the balanced literacy method. My drawers are full of ideas and I want to share them with you.
I teach the students using scaffolding and the gradual release of responsibility model. I begin by demonstrating the new concept by modeling and linking the new learning to old. We continue by practicing the new learning together, eventually having the students demonstrate the learning independently. I have high expectations for my students, making them think for themselves before I guide them to an answer. We get a lot of learning done!
Twice I have been honored by receiving the Teacher of Distinction award in our annual Golden Apple Awards, sponsored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and many large businesses in Green Bay. Teachers are nominated anonymously by parents, students, or fellow teachers. Then nominated teachers must submit a written essay if they are to be considered for the award. Selected teachers are granted an interview. From there, the Teachers of Distinction and the final Golden Apple award winners are chosen.
I received my BS in Education and in Communication Disorders from Marquette University. I received my MA in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. I have since completed my Professional Development Certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
I live in DePere, Wisconsin, where I met my husband, Bill. Bill is a skilled carpenter and contractor. We have raised two children in this lovely city. Both are successfully employed. Our son, Paul, is working at a local business as a Business and Market Development Analyst and is married to a wonderful woman. Our daughter, Emily, is a dentist, who graduated from Marquette University Dental School. We are very proud of them! I have been working in the Green Bay Public Schools for my entire career.