I have taught 5 years in a general education setting, 1 year in high school academic support, and 3 years in K-8 academic support.
Whatever works... As an academic support teacher I must be flexible with my teaching style in order to meet each child where they are struggling. I currently provide services for any student who is chronically struggling in grades K-8 with math or reading. I am also providing support to 30+ teachers who occasionally need help and suggestions - I'm not allowed to have just one teaching style. :)
I have several magnets, coffee cups, and Christmas tree ornaments that say I am a #1 Teacher, a student wrote me a certificate saying "your the best teacher" (we are working on your vs. you're, now) and my son says I'm the best mom ever. I have never earned or even been nominated for a Golden Globe, Academy Award, or Oscar, but am sure that someday one of my classroom performances will qualify.
Michigan State University gave me a degree in General Business Administration and Spring Arbor University added a Post-Bachelorette teaching certification to my accolades. I'm certified K-12 Special Education and K-5 General Education. But.....my real education has come from thousands of students whom I have taught in 9 years of being in the classroom. I've also had a few parents who have given me *ahem*...advice... on how to do my job. ;)
I live in the Mitten, am married to "The Hottie" (a name I gave him; not one he chose for himself!), have two charming but slightly untamed children, and a temperamental cat. I love to read, cook, clean, take long naps, shop, and play on Pinterest. I'm slightly addicted to coffee (and don't trust fellow teachers who aren't), have a sweet tooth that would shame Willy Wonka, and prefer to be barefoot whenever possible. I also really like sweet potatoes.