I taught for 8 years at Olympia HS. I took a break from teaching when I had my sons and moved to Canada with my husband's job. In 2006 we moved to Austin, TX and I have been substituting at all grade levels. This year I had the opportunity to be back in the classroom. My focus was to try vary instruction and use technology to increase student learning. I have been involved in a technology start-up for the past 3 years and our school went to a 1:1 adoption of iPads.
I am a firm believer in brain based instruction. Curricular integration is a natural way to capitalize on many of the ways a students' brain works. I try to give more activities rather than lectures because I feel that students learn better by doing vs. listening. I believe tablet computing is the technology needed to finally flip the classroom. I work to build on each student's prior knowledge by creating activities where they need to use their knowledge. I believe if the majority of students get a test question wrong, it is my fault. I love it when all my students have 100%. Students should get to retake tests until they get the information. Teachers should share with parents the great things that go in in the classroom rather than just communicate when there are problems.
STREAMS grant winner for Washington state. Eanespiration District award for educational impact Presenter at NSTA conference- curricular integration
BAE English/ Language Arts and history MAE Curriculum Insturction-- emphasis on integrations and brain based instruction.
I grew up and taught in Washington state. I moved in 2006 to Austin, Texas with my husband and 2 boys. I enjoy getting outdoors and hiking. I love to travel and read. I am a substitute teacher and work as a Destination Imagination coach at both the elementary and secondary level. Putting in to practice my belief of project based education our family has spent the past 7 years traveling in a trailer around the US. Our youngest is 10 and has visited 46/50 states.