I've been a teacher since 1977, in public and private schools, in third through eighth grades, in California, Colorado, New York, and Washington. Since 1983 I have taught in gifted classrooms, starting in pull-out models. In North Kitsap I began with a 5/6 self-contained class, then moved to 6/7 English/social studies block classes, and now I'm back to elementary school, teaching a self-contained fifth grade class.
Using lots of strategies from Project GLAD, I regularly differentiate and integrate curriculum. I set really high standards, but I have a lot of fun.
I'm a National Board Certified Teacher. I am also on the Executive Board of the Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted (WAETAG). I was recently named an Outstanding Educator by the Alpha Sigma Chapter, Kitsap County, of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators
I graduated from Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, CA. I got my BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. I got my MA from San Jose State in San Jose, CA.
I also teach teachers, through writing science and social studies curriculum units for our district, resource books for teachers, and educational articles; through presenting at national and state science, social studies, and gifted conferences; and through in-service training, both within my district and as a consultant through other districts and my educational service district (ESD). Many of the things I have written, and many of the materials I have developed for my own classroom use are available for free off my website, kragen.net.