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This download contains two cootie catchers to help your students get to know each other when you return to school. Pair students off, give one a copy of cootie catcher A and one a copy of cootie catcher B, then let them get started! Also a great
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If you're looking for innovative ways to introduce, review, or reteach main idea, then you've come to the right place. This activity was so popular as part of my best-selling Main Idea Activities and Printables, that I decided to make a stand-alone
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Fun grammar-libs games help students to practice parts of speech by creating funny stories when students fill in the blanks with the appropriate parts of speech! Originally created for the Middle School ESL classroom, these fun mini-books are
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This handout walks students through creating their own product and advertisement using propaganda techniques they've learned in class. No preview offered because it is only 1 page.
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This powerpoint game is for the $25K pyramid game for middle grades ELA. Covers topics such as: -Propaganda techniques -Literary genres -Figurative Language -Author's Purpose -Drama Elements -Mood, Tone and Theme This game is fancy! Complete
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This fun poster makes a great back-to-school activity. It is a fun way for students to get to know each other and for you to get to know a little about them. These posters can be printed on legal sized paper, or you can use a poster printer! Also
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This American Flag powerpoint is great for a classroom study of the American flag and other national symbols. This can be used as a whole class powerpoint presentation, or as an individual computer learning center. Comes with pre-test, post-test,
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This fun Valentine-themed packet includes 7 Language Arts Activtities and 7 Math activities. It was originally created for my ESOL classroom. Depending on the level of support provided and the ability levels of the students, the activities in this
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This powerpoint game is for the $25K pyramid game for middle grades ELA. Covers topics such as: -Features of Non-fiction text -Primary & Secondary Sources -Persuasion -Author's Purpose -Literary Elements -Context clues This game is fancy!
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This powerpoint template is for the $25K pyramid game. Great to use as a review in ANY SUBJECT AREA! This game is fancy! Complete with a built in digital timer and links throughout the game, it's like playing a real game show!! Your students will
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This fun activity pack includes two ways to help your students practice their math fact families for multiplication and division while getting in the Thanksgiving spirit. You can give students their own turkeys with fact family numbers and have them
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This download contains 10 foldable organizers to create a thorough and engaging interactive notebook all about the Earth's structure. Designed to minimize the amount of paper used and time spent cutting while maximizing learning, this interactive
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This download includes a Geometry Vocabulary Magic Square activity at two levels so all of your students can practice their academic geometry vocabulary. The magic square format allows students to self check. They simply put the number of the blank
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This gapfill will get your students talking about Women in History. Allows students the opportunity to learn content knowledge while practicing listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students have fun with this activity because they have
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This download contains two leveled non-fiction mini-books about Winter. Each mini-book contains 9 colorful, interesting pages for students to read and respond. Designed for newcomer ELL students, this mini-book could be used to strengthen
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This packet includes instructions and template for creating a classroom cookbook of Winter Holiday recipes. This is an excellent resource for multi-cultural classrooms where students may celebrate different holidays. Also includes several ideas to
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This fun activity pack includes two ways to help your students practice identifying equivalent fractions while getting in the Thanksgiving spirit. You can give students their own turkeys with a common fraction and have them find and list equivalent
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This fun activity will help your students improve their vocabulary, practice synonyms, and hone an important writing skill. One of the most important skills that good writers use is word choice- using descriptive words to show the readers what is
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This download contains 10 foldable organizers in English and 10 in Spanish to create a thorough and engaging interactive notebook all about the Earth's structure- in either language, or both! Designed to minimize the amount of paper used and time
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This download contains 11 foldable organizers to create a thorough and engaging interactive notebook all about the American Revolution. Designed to minimize the amount of paper used and time spent cutting while maximizing learning, this interactive
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners.
I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8.
A large part of my job consists of providing professional development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. I also love presenting at conferences, and have presented at SDE and I am slated to present at WIDA 2015.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very passionate about my job and working with teachers to help ELLs. When I was in the classroom, I spent hours at home planning lessons and creating materials to use in my classroom. Many of my materials were originally designed for use in the ESL classroom, however, they can easily be used or adapted for use in the mainstream classroom by students of every ability level.
My teaching style is very laid back. My students and the teachers that I work with now always count on a fun and engaging time when they come to my classes! I believe in plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to discuss the content.
In my ESOL classes, I believed very highly in the value of reading and literacy, and worked hard to impress it upon my students as well. I also believe in the value of literacy across the content areas. I have many products in my store for each subject area, as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Products in my store are all aligned with CCSS and WIDA ELD standards.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summa Cum Laude, Master of Science
Teacher of the Month
Google Certified Educator
Certified Google Education Trainer
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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from University of Tennessee, 2008
B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Carson-Newman College, 2006

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My husband and I are natives of Knoxville, TN.
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