I have taught for over twenty years in a low income area in Northwest Indiana. Although I've taught grades K-4, I have been teaching first grade for the last twelve years.
"I can be firm, but kind." - Mary Poppins The following have influenced my teaching style: Jim Fay and David Funk: "Teaching with Love and Logic", Restorative Practices, Ruby Payne: "A Framework for Understanding Poverty", Kristin Ziemke: "AMPLIFY: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom", Balanced Literacy, and Inquiry Mathematics
Besides serving on corporation technology committees since 2001, I have presented inquiry math sessions at Purdue University as well as the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Conference.
I graduated from Hope College with a BA in the Humanities. I earned my masters degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum Assessment. But my teaching career truly began as a child when I set up a classroom for Cabbage Patch Kids in my parent's basement.
My husband and I have six wonderful and rambunctious children and a spoiled Golden Retriever named Mollie.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Other (Science), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, Place Value, For All Subjects, Engineering, Phonics, Classroom Community