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, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, For All Subject Areas, Statistics, Word Problems, ESL / ELL / EFL, Decimals, Place Value