This is my fourth year with a full-time teaching job, but I have been teaching in the public school system for 6 years. My first year was spent as a kindergarten teacher, my second year as a 1st grade teacher at a different school, my third year was in an elementary resource room (at the same school where I was my first year) and now I am back teaching 1st grade where I was my second year! It was a wonderful whirlwind but I am happy to be back where my heart lies!
I believe in keeping lessons simple and clear. A student-centered classroom is one where the students are independent in their learning with myself as the facilitator. Teachers do not need to put on a "dog and pony show" for students to learn. One of my great mentors said that lessons should be focused on "objective over activity." Something that I've always done throughout my teaching career is to create different activities and documents that work for me when I have searched and searched for them but could not find something that fit! My activities/documents are simple and easy to follow. Most importantly, the STUDENTS will find them easy to follow. Why waste your time creating something that looks pretty and cute when all that is needed for the lesson objective is something simple? Remember "objective over activity" !
Received a partial scholarship in college through Michigan State University's College of Education. I was also on the Dean's List.
BA in Special Education/Elementary Education with a minor in History from Michigan State University. MAT in Reading and Literacy K-6 from Marygrove College.
I love to read, paint, sew, run, and many more things! It is definitely wonderful to live in Pure Michigan!
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Other (Math), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Early Intervention, Phonics