I have taught 7th and 8th grade science and algebra in urban city schools as well as suburban schools. I have also taught in a variety of other schools, including alternative education programs. I am currently teaching a multi-age classroom, grades 4-6, in a Montessori school. I have experience providing professional development to teachers for curriculum, personal growth, and most recently educational neuroscience.
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I received my education degree from Ball State University in 1990. I have studied all sort of things since then, not always through a university. I am currently working on a certificate of educational neuroscience through Butler University and completing Trainer certification through the Child Trauma Academy. I also plan to pursue the Resilience Advantage program through Heartmath next!
Outside of the traditional school setting I have explored many other disciplines including hypnotherapy, NLP, and a variety of alternative energy/body therapies. My personal favorites are EMF Balancing Technique and working with the Akashic Records. I have been exploring EFT (tapping) in my classroom this year. I have authored a book, created guided meditation CDs, and hosted an internet radio show. I was also a one to one provider and a Resilient Educator facilator using programs developed through the Institute of Heartmath. (I get bored easily and like to learn new things!). I have always believed we must address ourselves and our students as WHOLE BEINGS. It is imperative that we address the brain state (emotional state, stress response) BEFORE we can even attempt to teach them any other content. Trying to teach math facts to a student who is dysregulated is like trying to pour water into a container that has a lid on it. It just doesn't work. No matter how many times you pour it, it isn't going to get in that container until you remove the barrier. That is what the educational neuroscience is all about (and all of the other things I mentioned, too!)