I began my career as a elementary physical education teacher and three years later moved into the classroom. During my 35 years as an educator, I taught third through sixth grade, with 25 of those years in third grade. My love for teaching reading evolved as I made the move from a self-contained classroom to departmentalization, where my focus was English language arts.
Whole language versus basal reading series, novel studies, literature circles, district-based curriculum...I've done it all. As a teacher in Texas, I've taught through each of the state assessments and realize, although there is constant debate on the matter, the test is not going away any time soon. My thinking was to develop quizzes for stories we were required to read through our district curriculum to practice use of reading strategies, which gave me more time to allow students to read what they chose, instead of assigning passages to practice.
I was honored to be named Teacher of Year for both Bellaire and Wilshire Elementary and District Teacher of the Year for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD 2009.
My entire education until college was in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, where I attended Shady Oaks and Donna Park Elementary, Hurst Jr. High and LD.Bell High School. I graduated from The University of Texas in Arlington.
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