I have been teaching for 15 years in a somewhat large school district just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently I am teaching sixth grade science at a middle school. I was a gifted intervention specialist for six glorious years in several elementary schools in the same district. I hope to return to gifted education in the future if the finances of the school district allow for the reinstatement of the gifted intervention specialist positions. I also have experience teaching social studies and I am currently working on a reading/language arts endorsement.
My core belief is that students will learn a great deal more if they enjoy coming to my class. I set high expectations for student learning and behavior, but I also set high expectations for myself to make that learning engaging and valuable. My lessons tend to be activity centered with opportunities for critical thinking. I try to make my classroom flexible enough to investigate new learning possibilities. I love creative thinking, quotes, brain teasers, corny jokes and a student that steps up to a challenge.
I was awarded with the master teacher designation which is an advanced level educator license in Ohio.
I earned my bachelors of education degree in middle school education at Northern Kentucky University with concentrations in science and social studies. A few years later I returned to NKU and earned a masters in middle grades education with an endorsement in gifted education. Since my masters I have taken courses at Miami University (Ohio), University of Cincinnati and Bowling Green State University. Recently I have been working on obtaining an English / Language Arts middle childhood endorsement.
I live in northern Kentucky with my wife, who is also a teacher. I like to cook, hike, garden and learn about personal finance. My wife and I both like to travel, make lists of fun things to do and do them, teach, spend time with family and friends, read and use google to answer odd questions. To find out more about me you can visit my blog at www.teachforteach.com
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, Other (Science), Gifted and Talented, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading