After 25 years in the classroom, I was invited to train teachers in my district in Best Practices for the Gifted and Talented Program. However, in the five years working with hundreds of teachers, students, and staff, I realized all teachers and students benefitted from one program that I would never teach without; mindfulness and the neurosciences behind it. Ten years of studying neurophysiology, mindfulness and best practices, helped me create a program that was easy for teachers and students to maintain. Using programs like MindUp and projects based learning, I was able to transform classrooms into viable, engaging environments where students felt safe to take risks and challenge themselves. My classroom behavior issues literally disappeared due to students becoming accountable for their choices in and out of the classroom.
I believe in starting with the Whole Child and helping them find their desire to learn first and foremost. Because, as we know, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears," My first two weeks of every school year started with students having to 'check-in' with themselves first to see what might be holding them back from becoming their best selves. Then I teach them various techniques to help them identify issues, create goals, and prepare them for being the best they can be.
National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist, 2009 Master in Teach Leadership, 2008 Nominated Teacher of the Year 2002, WCSD Chair Committee, Board of Trustees, Doral Academy, 2015
University of Maryland, BS Education, 1991 National University, Masters in Teacher Leadership, 2008 National Board Certified Teacher, 2009
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