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, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Other (Science), Classroom Management, Character Education, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Autumn, Halloween, Place Value, Engineering, Phonics, Classroom Community