I have worked for six fabulous years at a highly-impacted Title I School in the inner-city. At our school, we have the unique privilege of serving children living in the city's family homeless shelter. I have learned that my classroom may be the only safe place for my students. I have learned the absolute necessity of thoughtful scaffolding to ensure student success and growth. I also understand the need for differentiated instruction and subject integration. I get to bring my love and passion for horses and my rural lifestyle to my students (which usually includes an annual field trip to the actual Dimond Ranch!).
I believe in constructivist teaching, where students are given the scaffolding and support to build their own learning and schema. I know the importance of instilling a deep love of reading, which will then provide the catalyst for high-quality, authentic writing. Real-world connections drive student engagement and buy-in. Underlying all of the skills I teach, the greatest content of all – is the developing and maintaining of character. Through historical events, scientific wonders, and the art of language I strive to teach students the art of being good human beings.
• Nominated for Salt Lake City School District Teacher of the Year (2012, 2013) 2012-2013 Largest Improvement on Student Achievement Scores for 5th Grade in Salt Lake City School District • Received Outstanding Teacher of Excellence Award – for 3 Years (2008, 2012, 2013) • Salt Lake City School District Highly Effective Teaching Status • SLCSD Prime Time Teacher Award (Highly Effective Title I Teacher) • Site Teacher for University of Utah student teachers • Site Teacher for BYU interns • Mentor teacher (3 years) • Served as School Improvement Committee Chair (2012-2013) • Honors in 5th grade DWA (State Writing Test) scores • Worked 3 years with film studio, SpyHop Productions, to create district curriculum for utilizing video technology in the classroom to support literacy instruction.
ESL Endorsement (BYU) Technology Endorsement (USOE) Elementary Education BS Degree (U of U) Received "Outstanding Senior" Award for the Department of Education, University of Utah
I have a wonderful husband and we are the proud parents of our vivacious two-year old daughter, Virginia! Happy Teaching!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Other (Science), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, The New Year, Decimals, Tools for Common Core, For Administrators, Test Preparation