My journey as a teacher has taken me on quite the adventure! It began right after earning my BA in 2005. I was ecstatic when I gained entrance into my first of many classrooms. I was hired at a residential facility for (mostly) troubled youth. As a special education teacher, I began to learn the ropes. The next year I remained with the organization but switched to teaching secondary English. Though I loved the kids and the company, the position was quite stressful. Therefore, the following year I accepted a position as the Teacher Director/Site Director of my local Head Start. Again, I loved the kiddos, but my husband had recently lost his job due to layoffs, so I went in search of a position that paid a bit more. I found it as a middle school special education teacher, where I remained for three years, teaching all core subjects to students from fourth through eighth grades. During this time, I had earned my MA, and I was interested in finding a position in administration. So when I was offered to serve as part time teacher, part time Director of Special Education for a small rural district, I quickly accepted. Unfortunately, the drive was rather lengthy, so my search for the perfect job continued. I enjoyed my time teaching English, so I began looking for a position as a high school English teacher. I found a wonderful district working with wonderful people, so I taught high school language arts for two years. Back when I had taught Head Start, I became familiar with our local special education cooperative. I remained in contact with their director over the years, but they rarely had job openings. It has often occurred to me that I have changed jobs and districts fairly regularly. I had come to a point in my career where I wanted to build lasting relationships with a district. I loved teaching English, but a job opening had finally opened up with the special education cooperative. I decided to make one more transition, hoping this district will be my last. I am currently with this cooperative as an early childhood special education teacher, and I'm loving every minute of it!
I teach with the philosophy that every child can learn. I strive to be fair to all students, keeping in mind that fair does not always mean equal. Therefore, I emphasize differentiated instruction in my classroom. I also work to create student-centered instruction, with the end goal in mind. Finally, my lessons are highly data driven, focusing on what my students need, and adjusting as needed.
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I am a proud graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2005, I received my BA in English emphasizing Professional Writing. In 2009, I received my MA in Teaching, Multidisciplinary Studies, also from WU. I am currently pursuing my Educational Specialist degree in School Systems, Superintendency, and Leadership (only one more class to go-YAY!). And, yes, it's from Webster as well.
I live in central Missouri, as I have my entire life. My goofy husband and two krazy kiddos keep me company. We love spending time together and just hanging out as a family. We are also involved in 4-H, where I volunteer as a Clover Kids leader. I love to read, write, and teach.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Numbers, Other (Math), Special Education, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Writing, Child Care, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Day, Early Intervention, Phonics