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. Since then, I have worked as a special education teacher, a high school English teacher. and early childhood teacher, but I have finally found my home. I teach in a 3rd/4th grade combined classroom, and I am 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, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Day, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community