I have been teaching for seven years. The bulk of my experience having been in a fourth grade self-contained classroom. I teach in Texas and have had lots of experience preparing students for the reading, writing, and math TAKS (the test before STAAR), as well as STAAR. All of my experience teaching has been at Title I schools. I have worked each year to find innovative and unique ways to engage my students while also providing them with the necessary tools to be successful. This past year, I had the pleasure to teach a 4th/5th ELA/SS split. This was a unique experience that I have cherished. I now have a much better understanding of the importance of 4th grade to 5th grade, and the preparation needed for 5th graders moving into 6th grade.
I use a workshop model in my classroom for reading and writing. I believe in modeling for students as much as possible, especially for writing. I have used a variety of tools. I enjoy trying new things with my students and continuing to learn each year.
My favorite and most rewarding moments are those in which I see the strides my students make throughout the year, and the visits they make to me after they've left my class. It's so inspiring to see how much they learn in such a short time. That is the only accolade worth sharing.
I graduated from the University of Texas Arlington in 2008 with my undergraduate degree. I went back to school a few years later, at UTA, to receive my graduate degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus in literacy.
Besides teaching, I enjoy photography and crocheting. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and dogs, as well as watching baseball.