In my 21 years in the classroom, I have taught almost every grade from k-8, but teaching 6th grade ELA, World History, and Media Studies has been my favorite assignment. In addition to classroom teaching, I have also acted as a mentor teacher, literacy coach, common core instructional coach, and after-school program coordinator. My ideas on teaching, learning, and lesson design have been published in four books.
I am constantly pursuing new ways to update and upgrade my teaching methods to continue to meet the ever changing needs of the diverse population of students that I work with. I am passionate about student engagement, mindfulness, and collaboration. I am a facilitator of meaningful student interaction and a fan of student driven, project based learning.
2016 CLMS Educator of the Year
BA Elementary Ed, k-6 Reading Specialist, MA Curriculum and Instruction
My spare time is occupied by blogging: www.virtuallyinstructible.com and www.thebooksomm.com
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, The New Year, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year, Close Reading, Classroom Community