My first year after my bachelor's, I substitute taught while I got my master's degree. I then taught my first three years in a small Kansas town, where I was the only teacher for 7th and 8th grade language arts and the adviser for the high school yearbook. Now, I'm teaching sophomore English, a dual-credit college composition 1 and 2 course, senior English, and I am the adviser for the newspaper/news website.
My teaching style is very casual and student-led. You could call it organized chaos. Step into my room, and you might see students discussing and working together, researching and discovering, while I walk around and help those who need help. We do a lot of discussion and small group work, as well as individual projects and webquests. Even reading out loud involves stopping frequently to answer questions together or discuss. I rarely lecture, and whenever I do, it is highly interactive. The students are always participating more than simply taking notes.
I was my district's nominee for the Horizon Award, an award specifically for first-year teachers. My students in 2016 gave me the "Smiley Award".
I graduated with my B.S. in secondary education (emphasis in English and journalism) from Kansas State University in May 2009. I then got my M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in reading/language arts) in May 2010, also from Kansas State University. EMAW! Go Cats!
I got married in 2008, and my husband and I have a preschool-age son and toddler boy-girl twins. I love teaching, and while I always dread the end of the summer because I know I will soon be away from my kids and busy with work, once we get into the semester, I always remember how much I really do love my job. I can't imagine doing anything else.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Computer Science - Technology, Career and Technical Education, Journalism, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Library Skills, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Black History Month, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Close Reading