I taught kindergarten and first grade for 11 years. Then became a kindergarten through 6th grade gifted teacher. Currently, I am serving my county as the Gifted Program Specialist, supervising and coordinating gifted services for more than 2,500 students!
Collaborative and student-led. I love creating engaging centers, games, and activities using the Common Core and Florida Standards. I believe in engaging all modalities to really cement a child's understanding! I'm very inspired by the Growth Mindset.
-2017 Clay County Teacher of the Year (Teacher of the year representing both my school and county) -Fishman Prize for Superlative Teaching Practice nominee -Two time Teacher of the year nominee -2018 Governors Shine Award -Florida Teacher LEAD Network Alumni
I graduated with a degree in Journalism from Indiana University. When I moved back to Florida I kind of fell into teaching through the back door and it's a perfect fit. Who knew?? I took Master's classes to complete my teaching certificate and have completed my National Board TakeOne portfolio.
We need to nurture a culture of perseverance to show our students that ability is not fixed and failure isn't a permanent condition.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Biology, Physics, Arts & Music, Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Cooking, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Place Value, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Early Intervention, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community