Folllow me on Facebook and Twitter via: They Can Learn It My career in education began in 2003 where I started at a private school, teaching third grade. I loved the age group and found that I enjoyed developing strategies, jingles, and mnemonics to help make concepts fun and memorable for my students. In 2008, I decided to make the transition to public education and began the next season of my journey at a charter school, where I again found a position teaching third grade. Here, there was a new challenge which I had not faced in the private school but yet was ready to meet head on, trusting God to help me prepare my students for success in meeting the standards for third grade. The test the students would be taking was the "dreaded" FCAT, a high stakes test that for the third grade alone is the determining factor of promotion onto fourth grade. Although never having had this challenge before in teaching, I was thrilled to learn (when the tests' results came in) that the combined two third grade classes' scores from our charter school (in both math and reading) were the highest in the district! It was a tremendous victory for our school, and every year since we have had the highest scores in math, though making second place in reading in 2011 and 2012. This year again (2013), I am again happy to say that we had the highest scores in both reading & math and are in the top 4% (out of 2,200 schools in our state) with our third grade scores. I am currently (and have been for the past three years) the team leader for third grade, and I enjoy my role in sharing my personally developed resources, jingles, and mnemonics to help the third graders at our school. I know I could not accomplish any of this as successfully as it has gone without the help of the Lord and a great team of teachers preparing the students who come through our classes and working beside me each day. My hope is to continue to use the strategies and resources I have been able to develop (with God's help) to empower other teachers to realize that success in math and other areas of learning is possible for every student if it can be presented in a way that is concrete and memorable.
My primary styles of teaching are those of facilitating and direct instruction. I truly believe there needs to be a balance of both in the classroom in order to minimize frustrations and enhance the absorption of learning by students.
FCAT Results for Our Third Graders: 2008-2009 Highest District Scores in Math & Reading 2009-2010 Highest District Scores in Math & Reading 2010-2011 Highest District Scores in Math & 2nd Highest in Reading 2011-2012 Highest District Scores in Math & 2nd Highest in Reading 2012-2013 Highest District Scores in Math & Reading 2012-2013 Our third grade scores placed us in the top 4% in the state. 2003 Valedictorian at Trinity College of Florida/ Graduating: Suma Cum Laude, President's List Awards, Dean's List Awards, Academic Excellence Scholarships,
Trinity College of FL
The Things I Cherish Most: 1. Of all of the things that matter the most to me, the first is my relationship with God. Many things in life can turn upside down, but one thing I have found to be true is that God remains faithful and continues to uphold me. He is the glue that holds my life together, the hope that carries me through every difficulty, and the joy and peace that I could never conjure up apart from Him. His Son, Jesus, is my Savior and ultimate best friend, and my life would never be the same without Him in it. I know this for a fact. 2. The second greatest treasure in my life is my amazing husband. He has truly shown me that TRUE love and chivalry are still alive and well and that these two qualities are so much more real than Hollywood could ever depict. He is as I always say, "The love of my life, my handsome prince, the man of my dreams, and my best friend". It is my honor and joy to be his wife. 3. My immediate family and closest friends are very dear and special to my heart as well. They are the cheerleaders who encourage us when we need it, the ones who celebrate in our success, and most importantly of all, the ones who pray for us. 4. My work is a tremendous source of satisfaction for me. As a teacher, I have worked with close to two hundred students and their families during my ten years of teaching, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be used to make an impact in one more person's life that God sends my way. My goal as a teacher is not merely academic; of course that is a major part, however, my goal is to also help students and their families gain a deeper sense that they are valued and worthy of respect and kindness, and furthermore help all of my students realize that academic success is within reach (though the challenges still present themselves). To be a teacher is to play a very important role for one year in 20 plus people's lives. My prayer is that God will help me make a positive difference in the lives of all who pass through my classroom and all that are within in my realm of influence.
English Language Arts, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Word Problems, Holidays/Seasonal, Place Value, Early Intervention