I will be beginning my 31st year of teaching this fall in Montana! I have been lucky to have experienced all K-5 grade levels. I just completed my first year in Fifth Grade again! I was there 25 years ago and here I am again. With years combined, I spent the most time in First Grade (13 years) and Kindergarten (7 years). I enjoyed those little ones immensely. My respect goes out to those teachers as the educational foundation does begin there! What I love about our profession is that we can have numerous experiences in various grades/schools. I have realized that students are special no matter what grade you teach. I look forward to getting real "good" at Fifth Grade!!!
My style is always based on respect and having high expectations for all students. Last year I changed to Fifth Grade, therefore I am teaching some of my "Second Graders" again. This has been so fun as they are still darling students, just taller. What I have noticed, is that students haven't changed much otherwise. The students who had been struggling with reading or math, are still struggling. It shocked me to realize that these parents and students have been experiencing "I Can't" all these years in elementary school. Especially because of the testing that we are required to do now. It is time that every day these parents and students start hearing "I Cans"! This is my goal. I want every student to be proud and confident of who he/she is when leaving my room to head to middle school.
It is truly an "honor" and a treasure being able to make a difference in my students' education for all these years. There is nothing as great as seeing my 600+ students growing up and becoming successes. We are all so lucky to have "joy" in our days because of our students.
In 1983, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Western Montana College, Dillon, Montana. In 1994, I received by Master's Degree in Creative Arts/Education from Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I am so excited to be entering the world of being a Seller on TpT! I have been told by my sons that I need a hobby besides teaching and gardening.....especially since we live in Montana! I guess I have one now. I guess my "sons" have always been my favorite "hobby"!