I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in Education and a minor in Biology. I became dual certified in Biology and Mathematics grades 6-12 but fell in love with teaching math. Straight out of college I began teaching grades 6-8 math at a local middle school. After the birth of my first child, I decided it would be best for me to spend those precious years at home with my first born. Since then we have added on and became a family of four! Days are long and nights are short :) BUT I wouldn't ask for anything to be different.
I am a very hands on person and enjoy innovative activities that allow students to get their hands on the materials. I can not stand drill and kill practice but would rather see students apply their skills to real world situations. I constantly ask the question "Why" for students to understand the power of thought. I am a firm believer in stations especially in the middle school grades to keep the classroom live and captivate students minds.
During my college days, I was a four year member on the Dean's List and was a very proud recipient of many scholarships including Florida Bright Futures, Take Stock in Children, Shausnessy Scholarship, The Paul Opry Scholarship, First Generation Grant and finally The Florida Pell Grant. I worked extremely hard and dedicated every fiber of energy to earn those rewards. It is also because of a TEACHER that I chose education as my career! As a professional teacher, I personally tutored many students to prepare for end of course exams and was classified as highly effective. I sat on the Faculty Advisory Committee and was very involved with creating our activities for the 7th grade mathematics team.
I grew up in Naples, Florida and stayed because this is such a beautiful town. My husband is also a native and we both attended local public schools. My first teaching position was actually at the same middle school that I attended as a child.
I have two children Everett and Paislee who are my pride and joy. They bring laughter and love in to our home and I am blessed because of it! Children are the light in this world and I love seeing their personalities shine through.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, For All Subject Areas, Statistics, Word Problems, ESL / ELL / EFL, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Decimals, Easter, Place Value