The past 30 years of teaching have flown by! I started out in primary grades for 10 years, but have been teaching 4th grade for the past 20 years! My schools include a Title 1 school with English Language Learners, a gifted and high ability magnet, and a couple of charter schools. I have also taught multiple subject credential/teaching methods courses at several universities, give workshops throughout the state, as well served as a mentor teacher for most of my teaching career. I have been a National Board Certified Teacher since 1998.
My students know my favorite saying is, "Explain your thinking!" Being able to articulate (orally and in writing) their learning process is crucial for students to grow and develop. I truly believe in hands-on exploration so children can gain a clear understanding of concepts and connections between ideas. My teaching style is to teach the whole child; depth over breadth!
Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year (2008), Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the year (2008), Palisades Charter Schools Foundation: Lori Petrick Educators Award (2006), Los Angeles Reading Association Literature Teacher of the Year (1995), Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Month (1992)
I have my BA in English literature from UCLA and my MA in Education from California State University, Northridge.
I am married to a wonderful, patient husband; we have 3 fabulous daughters: 22, 21, and 12. My passions outside of teaching include my Bible study group, reading, scrapbooking, yoga, traveling, and spending time outdoors!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Computer Science - Technology, EFL - ESL - ELD, Education, Geography, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Word Problems, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Autumn, Mental Math, Decimals, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text