I began my career in education in 2007 as an elementary classroom teacher. Over the years, I have earned praise for my continuous improvement in student test scores and consistent high levels of parent satisfaction, community involvement and contribution to the field of education. In 2010, I won 2nd place in the History Channel Lesson Planning Contest for my Civil War unit. In 2012, I began writing an educational blog, Those Who Can, Teach! To better serve the needs of my audience, I turned the blog into an educational consulting company.
In my classroom, I'm all about teaching to a variety of different learning styles. I create and facilitate rigorous lesson and the expectation is always high, whether I am teaching fourth graders or Middle School. I also analyze the classroom's data on a regular basis and plan accordingly so that I am modifying lessons when needed. Most importantly, I believe that every student in my classroom has the potential to succeed so I work hard to make sure that every student in my classroom reaches proficiency.
•Induction into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, based on scholarly work completed during graduate school at Grand Valley State University, 2012 •Spirit of Detroit Award, 2012 •History Channel Civil War Lesson Plans Contest Winner (2nd Place), 2010 •The League of Michigan Top Michigan Elementary School for Earth Day Project, 2009-2010 •The League of Michigan Top Michigan Elementary School for King Day Project, 2009-2010 •100 Club Award, 2008 •Detroit Science Center Class Field Trip Grant, 2008 •Ambassador of Peace Award from the International Peace Federation, 2006 •Colleen Hennessy Undergraduate Leader Award, 2005 •David Adamany Undergraduate Leadership Award, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
I received my Bachelors from Wayne State University in Elementary Education and my Masters from Grand Valley State University in Educational Leadership. I have a professional teaching certification and a K-12 school administration certification. I also have an English Language Arts endorsement and a behavior management certification. I also completed the National Institute for Urban School Leaders professional program at Harvard University.
I have always enjoyed writing so it was only natural for me to advise my school's Writing Club. I work closely with Middle School students and guide them through the writing process. In 2013, one of my students won the National Campaign to Stop the Violence's Do the Write Thing essay contest. She, her mother and I were invited to Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony. It made me so proud to see one of my students earn such a prestigious award. The fact that I won the same award in 1996 made it extra special because I was able to provide one of my own students the same opportunity that was given to me when I was her age.