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, Creative Writing, Grammar, 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, The New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community