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Now you can teach challenging reading comprehension skills through novels without having to spend all those hours preparing for literature circles or book clubs. Rest assured your students are developing stronger text analysis and critical thinking
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Personal Narrative Writing Supplement: 6 Activities to Focus & Develop Small Moment Writing Focusing personal narratives on a small moment is a challenge for so many young writers. Teaching your students to find the small moments, or seed
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It can be challenging for students to grasp the enormity of what the Holocaust meant to families who lived through it. This Number the Stars book study allows you to integrate the process of building historical background knowledge and reading
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Finding a book with strong, likable characters can be an essential component of connecting students with literature. This Because of Winn-Dixie book study allows you to integrate social-emotional learning and reading strategies for comprehension
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematics concepts like fractions, decimals, and problem solving? There are so many math standards in fifth grade that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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Now you can teach challenging reading comprehension skills through novels without having to spend all those hours preparing for literature circles or book clubs. Rest assured your students are developing stronger text analysis and critical thinking
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Now you can teach challenging reading comprehension skills through novels without having to spend all those hours preparing for literature circles or book clubs. Rest assured your students are developing stronger text analysis and critical thinking
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Finding a book with strong, likable characters can be an essential component of connecting students with literature. This Tuck Everlasting book study allows you break down reading strategies for comprehension in a easy-to-use, no prep format
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If you want to engage your readers and build reading comprehension skills with a engaging and heartfelt book? This no prep, foldable book study for the classic Stone Fox is just what you need. This product encourages students to think critically
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematical concepts like patterns, place value, and problem solving? There are so many third grade math standards that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Study : 4 weeks of No Prep Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Study Trifolds This no prep Mr. Popper's Penguins novel study simplifies classroom book clubs. Foldable Mr. Popper's Penguins novel study trifolds are aligned
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This fun hands-on Valentine activity tests students building skills while reinforcing important mathematical concepts. Students work in partners to build the tallest tower they can using only conversation hearts. A great Valentine's Day
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Sign of the Beaver: A 4-Week, No Prep Trifold Novel Study This product contains a five-pack of foldable novel study trifolds for the book The Sign of the Beaver. Designed to be used whole-class, small group, or as an individual book study. Each
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Struggling to build mastery with critical mathematical concepts like patterns, place value, and problem solving? There are so many fourth grade math standards that it can be difficult to cover them all and support regular review during the class
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Need to build key reading comprehension skills but want to build book studies into your routine? This product is the perfect way to do both in a format that won't require hours of preparation or bore your students with never-ending chapter
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Now you can teach challenging reading comprehension skills through novels without having to spend all those hours preparing for literature circles or book clubs. Rest assured your students are developing stronger text analysis and critical thinking
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Break down the barrier to your students' learning through research-based vocabulary practice that takes less than 10 minutes per day. Vocabulary and word knowledge have been shown to be strong predictors of reading and life success. Many
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Word problems are one of the most difficult aspects of math instruction today. Getting your 3rd and 4th grade students to apply their problem-solving strategies can feel a little like pulling teeth! Task cards can be a great alternative to those
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Need to build key reading comprehension skills like summary and inference and but hate the boring basal? This novel study is the perfect way to do both in a format that won't require hours of preparation or bore your students with never-ending
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Are you looking for research-based vocabulary practice that takes less than 10 minutes each day? This is it! Whether you plan to use this for centers, word work, morning work, vocabulary, or homework - your students’ vocabulary knowledge will
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching career began in New York City in 2006, where I served as a self-contained special education teacher for a cross-age classroom. After receiving my Master's degree in school psychology from the University of Minnesota, I moved to Austin, Texas where I returned to the classroom as a special education teacher in a K-5 elementary school and began pursuing a Master's degree in curriculum & instruction.

After having my first child, I transitioned into a district position as the Coordinator of Research & Evaluation, which focused on data analysis and program evaluation for K-12 in a large, suburban district in Texas. However, it didn't take long to realize I missed the students, and after a year, I made a move back into the classroom.

Since that time I've worked as a general education teacher in inclusion and ESL classrooms, with the majority of my time spent teaching third grade. I also received a third (and final) Master's degree in educational leadership and completed my administrative certification.

Most recently, I've worked as a district-level instructional coach supporting teachers working with students in the Response to Intervention framework. This position involved one-on-one and group coaching for intervention teachers at my district's Title I campuses, developing and presenting campus and district level professional development sessions, and serving as a member of district committees dedicated to improving outcomes to struggling and at-risk students.

Certifications: Elementary Education Special Education ESL Gifted Education Administration

MY TEACHING STYLE

My belief is that teachers should meet students where they are in order to get them to where they need to be. Learning can be engaging and fun without sacrificing rigor, and high-quality lessons need to take all those pieces into considerations.

My teaching style focuses on providing differentiated instruction for my students through the use of student choice, differentiated materials, and opportunities to accelerate or modify based on student needs. I incorporate hands-on experiences and manipulatives whenever possible, and I believe connecting learning to real-world experiences is a great way to engage students and prepare them to become contributing citizens. Each year, my classroom engaged in Project Based Learning and community service projects to help build critical thinking about the world.

I believe it is essential for teachers to stay up-to-date on the latest research and be willing to think outside the box and try new things in an effort to improve student outcomes. I purposefully seek out new knowledge and keep current on up-and-coming trends in education. For example, as a classroom teacher, I first introduced flexible seating into my classroom in 2010 after reading the research on the benefits of movement and utilizing yoga balls to support student focus. While flexible seating has moved toward the mainstream these days, at the time this was a cutting edge practice.

I truly believe my biggest strength as a teacher was my ability to differentiate my instruction in a way that allowed each student to feel successful and continue to grow as a learner. I pride myself on knowing that my classroom was a place where my students felt safe to take risks, make mistakes, and join the conversation regardless of their background knowledge (or lack thereof).

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Recent Presentations & Publications
Building Critical Readers through Collaborative Book Studies; Association for Middle Level Education Fall Conference 2016
Data-based Differentiation Strategies; Staff Development for Educators Differentiation Conference 2016 Presentor, Association for Middle Level Education 2016
Burns, M. K., Peters, R., & Noell, G. H. (2008). Using performance feedback to enhance the implementation integrity of the problem-solving team process. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 537-550.

Awards & Honors
Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2009-2014
HEB Rising Star Award Winner for Texas, 2010
HEB Excellence in Education Awards Regional Judge, 2011-2014



MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Education is a core part of my life, both as a learner and a teacher.

I completed my undergraduate degree at a small private college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As an undergraduate, I completed independent research in the impact of cognitive load on memory and skill proficiency in math and reading. In 2004, I graduated from Augsburg College with honors.

I received my Master's degree in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where I focused my research on home-school connections and the Response-to-Intervention framework. During this time, I had a research article published in the Journal of School Psychology, which focused on improving the implementation of the problem-solving team process within RTI.

I later returned to school again, receiving additional Master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from Concordia University.

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