Previously known as Up and Away in 4th Grade, but with my movement to 5th grade, my new store name is Up and Away in 5th Grade. From the time I entered school I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had the aspiration of attending Illinois State University and participating in the Elementary Education program there. It was the most rewarding experience. I was blessed with an unforgettable student teaching experience and an amazing mentor. I participated in a year-long student teaching experience which I owe much of who I am to. I have taught 4th grade for two years in a rural school and have currently taught 5th grade for the past three years. For the past three years, myself and two other teachers formed a PBIS team. Already we have seen a huge impact in our school. Together we teach and learn!
From starting off with 27 students during my student teaching experience to having nine my first year of teaching I have found that I need to be flexible and intuitive. I love to embrace the students sense of imagination and discovery. I base much of my teaching on student interaction and hands-on learning experiences.
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I grew up and attended school in a town of 1800 people in Central Illinois. In 5th grade my grade school closed down and we had to consolidate with a bigger nearby school district. I feel like this experience contributed a lot to my love for small country schools. I received my bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in 2015 and received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University in 2019.
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Winter, Decimals, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community