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Often times we don't have time to do long projects, but it is still important that students learn about the people who have come before them. Not only that, biographies offer our students the opportunity to have choice in their learning. They can
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Want a fun way to encourage students to work on their handwriting? These printables offer just that. Students are eager to practice and master cursive when they discover they can earn their license...their cursive license! Get some card stock and
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This compound word matching game combines football with language arts and word work. Players flip two cards hoping to make a compound word. This "memory style" game can be played the traditional way, or for an added twist players can "score" points
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Area and perimeter can be challenging skills for students. This activity requires students to identify four like cards- a labeled shape, a perimeter measurement, an area measurement, and a number sentence used to compute either area or perimeter.
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Having trouble getting students to master those multiplication facts? Here is an easy way to practice! Students line up fact strips to locate their next fact. All you need is a timer to help increase students speed and automaticity.
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Students struggling with reading fluency? Yes, repeated readings are a great way to help improve this skill, but students can find them so BORING! Spice them up with this set of wacky cards. Students will be jumping to practice repeated reading
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This product contains fillable and saveable PDF forms (requires Adobe Reader) that will allow you to quickly and easily track student grades and all those forms and conferences across the year. Product Contents: • 1-page grade record with
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Looking for a fun way to review estimation with addition? In this game students work to estimate sums and find the matching solution. Great for math stations or a whole class game! Perfect for a quick review before winter break or to provide some
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Struggling with ideas and organization to meet the diverse needs of your classroom during guided math or math centers? Planning centers that meet all your students where they are and help them build their skills can be a challenge, but I've taken on
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This product contains printable gift tags for easy back-to-school glow bracelets for your students. Just pick up the glow sticks from your local dollar store, and add these cute labels to make a great first impression. Product Contents:
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Student Birthday Treat Tags This product contains printable gift tags for easy birthday gifts for your students. Just add these tags to a sweet treat to make a sweet gift for the birthday boy or girl. The cover photo shows you an example of the
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Parent Night Treat Tags This product contains printable gift tags for an easy way to make your Parent Night memorable and show your appreciation for parent partnerships. Just add these tags to a mini 100 Grand candy bar and you are all set!
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This product contains printable gift tags for easy holiday gifts for your students. Just pick up hot cocoa packets or gloves from your local dollar store, and add these cute labels to make a great, practical, and fun present. Of course, these are
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This product contains printable gift tags for easy volunteer gifts for parents, classroom helpers, or anyone else who has donated their time to your classroom. Just pick up a gift card or an inexpensive coffee cup and some instant coffee pouches and
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This product is a free sample from my Daily Problem Solving for 3rd Grade Yearlong Bundle. Problem solving is one of the most challenging skills we teach in math. Research shows the best way to build these skills is through short, purposeful daily
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This product is a free sample from my Daily Problem Solving for Fourth Grade Yearlong Bundle. Problem solving is one of the most challenging skills we teach in math. Research shows the best way to build these skills is through short, purposeful
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This product is a free sample from my Daily Problem Solving for Fifth Grade Yearlong Bundle. Problem solving is one of the most challenging skills we teach in math. Research shows the best way to build these skills is through short, purposeful
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Looking for a way to build social skills activities into your classroom, but not sure you have time for character education along with all the reading, writing, and math you already have to teach? Or maybe you're struggling with teaching kindness in
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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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