I have a very strong, varied background in education from teaching elementary, consulting, presenting, to teaching English and reading in middle school and college to being a literacy coach. Currently, I’m semi-retired and working on completing many books I’ve started through the years.
“Flexibility within structure” has been my motto for years. My students always knew what was expected; precisely what, when, where, how, how much, and why. Start each well-prepared fresh lesson with plenty of oomph, zest, vitality, humor, and student engagement. Throw in great examples for students to follow. Then guide students through the lesson step-by-step and with plenty of recognition and praise. Motivate and push them to strive for the ultimate with their finished products. Lastly, give them the floor to share their well-earned praiseworthy products, which generates even more reinforcement of the learning process.
• Kent County, MI Teacher of the Year • Kent County Humane Society Teacher of the Year • Wyoming Jaycees Teacher of the Year • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (several times) • Walt Disney Creative Teacher candidate • One of my books, Research Challenges won a Scholastic Book award • All my students’ achievements and awards (as runner-up in state’s "When I Grow-up" Speech Contest and countless writing awards)
B.A. (K -9th) and Special Education (K-through-12th), M.A. in Gifted Education and Reading, M.A.+30 in reading, language arts, misc. I also could add a boring page-turner list of academia committees I either served on or led, extensive trainings I've been through, and countless noteworthy, language arts, guru-led workshops I've attended through the years.
I haven’t taught them all but close, and no, I’m not 106…..though, I’ve devoted a majority of my life to education. I continue to love to learn and create myself. My other passions are college basketball, golfing, gardening and interior design. I reside in Michigan with a couple of scrawny cats.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Other (Specialty), Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Easter, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year