I have over 25 years of classroom teaching experience in grades PreK through 2nd grade. In addition, I have over 10 years experience as an Early Childhood Specialist in the field of curriculum and professional development with a large urban school district which involved curriculum development and writing, as well as district-wide teacher/administrator training. I have presented at local, regional, state and national conferences on such topics as Music and Movement, Thematic Planning and Teaching, Attention Deficit Disorder, Brain Based Instruction, Storytelling, Science and Math Concepts in Early Childhood, and Balanced Approach to Reading, to name just a few.
I believe in active learning which includes the use of music and movement and learning through play. I have fun while accomplishing our learning goals! Worksheets are not our friends!
Over the years,I have had the privilege of many honors and awards. However, the most exciting has been the publication of my first book, Tunes for Teachers Teaching … Thematic Units, Thinking Skills, Time-on-Task and Transitions. This is a life-time dream-come-true! It is a book that was written as I was teaching, inspired by those teaching around me and encouraged through teachers to pursue the trials and triumphs of looking for publishers. Thank you to you all.
BS Education Masters Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching and Learning with emphasis in Early Childhood Reading Certifications include: •Early Childhood Education (PK-K) •Elementary Education •Special Education (PK-6) •Gifted and Talented (PK-12) •Certified Trainer-Assessor for Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) ESL
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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Music, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, Test Preparation, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community