I've taught in Florida for the past six school years; I hold my professional teaching certificate in English 6-12 with ESOL and Gifted endorsements. I've taught regular, advanced/honors, and Cambridge International Courses (similar to AP/IB). My BS is in English Language Arts Education and my MA in Gifted Education. I've also served as a Gifted Coordinator.
Having primarily taught 80-90 minute blocks, I know how important it is that my students don't just "sit and get"; you have to chunk your lesson so they are able to receive direct instruction when necessary, but are mainly involved in student-centered learning. I like stations/centers (they have value even in secondary ed.), but there are many times where students need to work individually before they can work in a group (you need to teach them how to do this, too).
Certified Cambridge International Examinations teacher, Presenter at the Florida Association for the Gifted on differentiated writing instruction, Teacher of the Month: March 2015.
I am a proud product of the Miami-Dade public school system, grade 1-12. After high school, I headed up to UCF where I earned a BS in English Language Arts Education (inspired by my own 10th grade English teacher). In the Spring of 2015, I graduated from USF with my MA in Gifted Education, as differentiating instruction is a true passion of mine, challenging, but fulfilling.
Although teaching is my passion, I love to craft (a huge Cricut fan) and cook for my family. I've been happily married and settled in the Tampa area for three years now. A furry cat friend (Rusty) joined us in January of 2015; my husband and I are obsessed with him.
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Music), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Character Education, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Writing-Essays, Coaching, Close Reading