This is my eleventh year teaching. I have taught second through fifth grade but my all time favorite grade to teach is fourth grade...which is what I am teaching now! My school is growing and has a high ESL population. I taught in a title one school for six years, so I have experience teaching a variety of students who come from different backgrounds. I have developed the curriculum for common core for our district in language arts in collaboration with two other teachers from my school.
I use balanced literacy in my classroom and LOTS of technology! I am my grade level's technology trainer and coordinator and I absolutely believe that it can make a child's everyday learning come to life if used correctly and efficiently! I teach language arts each day using directed reading lessons, daily five and guided reading, vocabulary instruction, and writing. I integrate all of these areas as much as I can with U.S. history so that I can make the most of the short time that I have with my students each day.
National Board Certified in Early Middle Childhood Literacy, 2008. Spartanburg District Five Teacher of the Year, 2009. River Ridge Elementary School's Reading Teacher of the Year, 2014.
Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism-University of South Carolina, 2000 Masters of Arts in Elementary Education-Converse College, 2004
Wife, mom, teacher...love my life!!
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Classroom Management, Character Education, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, The New Year, Test Preparation