I began teaching in 1975, right out of college at the age of twenty-two. I've have taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades in the public school system. After thirty-three years of teaching, I retired in 2008. I loved teaching and looked forward to going to work on most days!
I always believed in being firm, but kind. I enjoyed creating fun activities to go with lessons. I especially loved reading novels to the children, and completing novel studies with them. I had a tradition of reading "Old Yeller" each year to my students. One year the class enjoyed the book so much that they asked me to read it again at the end of the year!
There have been a few times of recognition through the years, but my greatest honor was at our last school assembly in my final year of teaching. My class presented me with a gift, and I got a standing ovation from students, teachers, and parents. I will never forget that priceless moment.
I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University.
Attained Highly Qualified Status in: Self-Contained Classroom, Arts, English, History, Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Religion, Literature, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Easter, Informational Text, Close Reading