I have worked with secondary students for the past four years and have loved every minute of it. Prior to teaching, I worked at a daycare, where I learned the importance (and sometimes necessity) of adding entertainment value to learning. This drives a lot of my teaching decisions. ~~All of the writing lessons I create are informed by or derived from my experience taking the University of Iowa's prestigious writing courses. ~~ I also have experience learning and teaching in a TILE classroom. My current focus is shaping my curriculum to better take advantage of this technology-driven setting. Courses I currently teach include: ***Sophomore English ***American Literature ***Theatre & Advanced Theatre ***World Literature ***Creative Writing I also co-teach Media Literacy I have also taught: ***Senior English ***Advanced Media Literacy I co-taught Spanish I. I formerly taught at Sylvan Learning Center *courses I teach include: Beginning Math Beginning Reading Academic Writing College Writing SAT/ACT Prep (in reading and writing)
*I push for differentiation in my classroom *The Common Core informs all of my lessons *I am great entertainer so my students in the back don't catch any ZZZ's! (This frequently leads to rolled eyes and poorly-hidden smiles) *I try to make every activity authentic and relevant to my students
***University of Iowa Old Gold Scholar ***University of Iowa Dean's List ***Student Speaker at Teacher Convocation Ceremony ***Sylvan Star Teacher ***Innovative Development in Education Award winner
I attended the University of Iowa, where I was a complete nerd and managed to graduate in three years. I earned a Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish and a coaching endorsement. I also seized the opportunity to learn from the university's prestigious writing school by taking a handful of creative nonfiction writing courses. I am currently working toward my Master's Degree and reading endorsement, and everyday is a school day when you work with adolescents!
I currently reside in Belle Plaine, Iowa, with my two cats, Rupert and Lucy Fur, and my fiance, Kollin.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), Film, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Business, Psychology, Family Consumer Sciences, Study Skills, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Coaching, Test Preparation, Early Intervention