I have been a teacher for nearly 30 years, and have taught in Tennessee and Texas. I've worked with students in grades K-8 and in a variety of situations including rural schools, inner city schools, suburban schools, and group home schools. I've worked in classrooms where my only resource was a set of dictionaries and in classrooms with actual books and a bit of technology. I have never worked in a school that has many resources so I'm used to doing a lot with very little. For the last 14 years I've worked exclusively with intellectually gifted children. I'm itinerant and currently serve students in 4 different schools. Three of my schools are elementary and one is a large middle school. In two of my buildings I'm fortunate to have a classroom of my own, in one building I share a tiny space and in one building I work with my students wherever I can find a spot. This is all done while using materials that I can purchase or create myself and carry into the space with my own two hands. One of the great things about being itinerant is working with multiple faculties. Each principal has his/her own style and expectations for me, which is sometimes a challenge. Each school has a different climate and the teachers within the various buildings do things in different ways. Supporting each staff member, the students I serve directly, and their parents stretches my creativity, flexibility and heart.. and I wouldn't change a thing even if I could. :-)
I am a flexible and creative teacher. Teaching K-8 in 4 schools means that I have to create activities that can be tweaked to stretch students at as many levels as possible. Many of the activities my students do are project based. I like to bring the students into the decision making process, particularly when it comes to designing rubrics. This serves to give the class ownership of the project and makes them consider what they really hope to learn.
I've been recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers twice. I've also been named Teacher of the Year once.
I received my B.S. from Texas A&M University and my Master's degree from Liberty University.
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