For the past fifteen years I have enjoyed teaching a variety of students from junior high language arts, drama, newspaper, and yearbook to high school English 9-12 to ESL adult education. Finding creative ways to get the concepts across to my students motivates me. I love seeing the "aha" moment in their eyes. Even better, I love the discussions that pursue when a revelation is realized. I believe in the new common core standards. I have always taught with a mastery learning approach, because I truly believe every student can learn at high levels. I thrive on pushing students to their peak potential. I hope that my original creations will help future teachers keep a spark in their teaching style. Thank you for checking me out!
I have always preferred the mastery learning approach. I want every student to reach their fullest potential every day. I use a variety of "best practices" to reach that goal, including differentiated instruction, assessments for and of learning, understanding by design, and brain research for education. These are just a few of my strategies for helping every student reach the expectations they are given.
2015-2016 District Teacher of the Year and Building Teacher of the Year First teacher award was for "My Favorite Teacher" - a radio contest. One of my junior high students nominated me and I won. That same year (and the next two consecutive years) I won the "Mrs. Christmas" award. It was a fund raising effort. Whichever teacher raised the most money at lunch was crowned Mrs. Christmas at the school dance. These two awards gave me much satisfaction. To know I made a difference to someone is my biggest aspiration :) Since then... Teacher of the Year at Warrenton Junior High NJHS Teacher of the Year 2008 Teacher of the Year at Success Campus Gary K. Wright Scholarship winner for Professional Development leadership St. Charles Community College grant winner for College and Career Readiness unit plan idea Dean's List at Lindenwood University 2014- 2016 MAEN state conference presenter: Academic Vocabulary
Lindenwood University, Master +30 in the works! Truman University graduate/B.A. in English/1990 Attended classes at St. Charles Community College Learned intangible skills from SPED teachers at Francis Howell North during 3 years as paraprofessional with B.D./E.D. classes Lindenwood University graduate/Masters in Education/2010 also obtained Middle School Certification at Lindenwood University Continuing education...forever
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