I have been teaching for 14 years. My career began as a maternity leave substitute in 1st grade, then moved me to 3rd grade for 2 years. When I switched schools I was placed in 2nd grade. In the past 12 years I have spent 10 of them in 2nd grade, 1 in 3rd and 1 in first. I believe my experience in 1st and 3rd have helped to mold me as the best 2nd grade teacher I can be. I have a computer literacy endorsement on my license and some Special Ed training.
I can't get enough of new research and old style. I love my students unconditionally and think of them as part pf my family. I love using technology and new ideas. I will try anything at least once. My classroom is a structured home to many free choice activities, lots of cooperative learning, and usually lots of fun. I believe in Intentional activities and the 6 standards of Effective Pedagogy. This means that I believe in student voice/student choice, as well as collaborative work and helping kids understand that they CAN make a difference in our world.
Lots of hugs, smiles and high fives from former students AND parents is all I really need to know that I am doing something right in my classroom!
Ben Davis High School graduate- 2000 Indiana State University graduate- 2004 -Bachelors in Elementary Education with computer endorsement
I am a wife, a mom to 2 beautiful children and a fur momma of 2.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Science, Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History, Critical Thinking, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Presidents' Day, Place Value, Engineering, Phonics