I work in both the private school sector and public charter schools for seven years. At a Prince George County private school, I was a first grade teacher for three years and fourth and fifth grade teacher for two years. I also taught language arts, social studies and science at the upper grades as well. I was also the resource teacher in which pulled students to work more one on one with in areas of phonics, writing and math. At a DCPS public charter school, I was a fifth grade teacher for a year. My others duties included working in special education in which I supported students with IEP's or 504 plans in areas of reading and math.
I am always the "talking teacher" one who is always talking and students listening. However that style has changed because there is simply no one right way of teaching. This includes more student involvement if it means working in teams or by themselves . It's still a learning process but I am always observing other teachers and open other teaching styles so that I can be a more effective educator. I can say that I am always trying to bring a positive spin on academics that some kids deem "boring". For example, reading and social studies. I know these subjects tend to make children uneasy. What I have tried to do in the past in to find more hands on resources or audio/visional supports so that the students become more active learners. Many of my efforts tend to have a positive outcome.
Dean's List 1996
Bachelor's in Social Science (I was studying Elementary Education in undergrad)
I am what you call "a secret artist." It is a talent I didn't discovered until my early 20's. When I worked at a private school a long time ago, some of my kids use to bring in those Manga Art books and they would always ask me to draw what was on the page.Sometimes I would draw the Disney, Peanuts or Garfield characters and I would have students gathered around my desk to watch.