I am currently a middle school technology teacher. Prior to this, I taught upper elementary. Prior to this, I was a trainer and graphic designer at various companies, last of which was Jewelry Television. I was a graphic designer and I make use of those skills in the classroom.
I am big on problem-based learning and inquiry, I believe that children and people create their owning knowledge based on their own personal experiences. I also believe that instruction should prepare children for the real world, not just the classroom or the next test. I stress this belief in everything I do in the classroom. I am also a big believer in productive struggle to counter the "entitlement mindset" we are currently experiencing in the classroom.
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I possess a bachelor's degree in k-6 education, a Master's degree in teacher Leadership, and an EdS in school leadership with a concentration in data analysis and research.
I have a varied and colorful background. Over the past couple of decades, I have honed my skills as a videographer, editor, and most of all a graphic designer. I have worked for clients such as McDonald's, Ford, GMC, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc. I have worked in the real world so I think I have a better insight than most educators do as to how children need to be prepared to face it.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Engineering, Statistics, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Decimals, Place Value, Test Preparation, Phonics, Classroom Community