I have been teaching since 2004. I taught 3rd grade for 14 years, then moved to 4th grade as a special education teacher. For about half the years I taught 3rd grade, I taught only ELA. Now, as a special education teacher, I teach only math. Besides teaching in the classroom, I also tutor and run book clubs. I currently run the Spelling Bee at the school where I teach. I ran a school-wide essay writing contest for many years, and also helped to start a 3rd-5th grade math club.
I love to help my students produce great work - work that they are super proud of and want to share with others. When I was teaching writing, each year I would make "white" books for my students. Each book contained the writing pieces they had completed throughout the year, plus photos of the students that I had taken. It was a -huge- undertaking, but so worth it. We would have a publishing party at the end of the year and I would say, "You are all published authors now!" It was such a joy to watch them share their books with family and friends at our celebration.
I haven't been presented with an award per se, but I am very honored each time a student or parent lets me know that they appreciate me and all that I do for them.
I attended NYU for undergraduate where I double majored in Information Systems and Management and went on to work in IT helping to develop database systems, mostly for financial institutions. I then decided politics was more interesting than computers and went to GWU where I received a master's degree in Political Management. During that time, I taught a group of 4th graders once a week for two hours - it was the best two hours of my week! I realized I was meant to be in the classroom, and made my way to Simmons College where I received a master's degree in Elementary Education. It's been a long and winding road.
I live in Washington, DC, with my husband and three children.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Measurement, Literature, Word Problems, Writing, Writing-Essays, Mental Math