Over the past 13 years, I have taught students from multiple backgrounds and abilities in grades 5-8. I strive to create lessons that will challenge my highest students and encourage my struggling students. In addition to teaching in traditional settings, I have taught independent studies students in all grade levels and taught a specialized "Opportunity" class for middle school at-risk students. I bring my unique experiences into my lessons. I have a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential in California as well as a Single-Subject English Credential and Administrative Services Credential.
In order to meet the needs and styles of all of my students, I vary my teaching style regularly. Lessons range from direct instruction to small group centers to individual intervention. I love hands-on, real-life applications and strive to make learning meaningful and relevant. I regularly incorporate technology and the arts into lessons.
"Teacher Who Makes A Difference", Marysville, CA "A+ Educator", Marysville, CA Blog Finalist at Sopris Learning
I was a resistant learner in early grades and did the minimal work to get by in high school. Classes were "boring" and did not engage me as an artistic, creative student. Because of this, I graduated early and started taking college level courses. Here, I found myself. I quickly moved to San Jose State University and earned a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts. After a few years of substitute teaching and working on ranches, I realized that I wanted to become a teacher. I completed my credential as well as my M.A. in Educational Leadership.
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