I am a 4th grade teacher in my 10th year of teaching. I have taught grades 3-5 with most of my experience in 3rd and 4th grade. My passion lies in Reading and Writing, though I love finding ways to incorporate Reading and Writing into my Math and Science curriculum. I have spent two summers at Writers Camp hosted by Poynter Institute of Journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition, I was identified by my district as a Writing Demonstration teacher. In pursuit to continually grow professionally, I received my M.A. in Reading Education from USF, St.Petersburg, FL.
I try to incorporate literacy across subject areas, as well as give students opportunities to have hands-on experiences. I think our students need a balance of teaching styles because as we all know, they come to us with a variety of learning styles each and every day. As our standards continue to become more rigorous, I believe it is my job to create curriculum which will allow them to meet those expectations, yet still enjoy the journey.
Krafs-Custer Exceptional Educator Award, 2007-2008 Writing Demonstration Teacher, Pinellas County Schools
B.S. Elementary Education, K-6 USF, St. Petersburg M.A. Literacy Education K-12, USF, St. Petersburg Reading Endorsed ESOL Endorsed
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, School Psychology, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month