Welcome to 5th grade! I am so lucky to be able to do what I love, which is teach. A little bit about me - I am married with two children; a boy and a girl. Both are grown and married. I have two grandchildren that bring so much joy to my life; Dillon and Autry. When I am not busy with them, I have 4 dogs named Marty, Kindle, Izzy, and Zooey. What a fun handful! I love being in the outdoors, hiking, camping, biking, and spending time with friends and family.
My Education and Professional Background
Northern Arizona University: Bachelor of Science in Education (2003), Master of Education in Educational Leadership (2006), Reading Specialist Endorsement, Principal Endorsement, SEI trained. I am going on my 15th year of teaching; 14 of them have been in 5th grade. A few years ago, I was fortunate to have been chosen for the Phil Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy in Jersey City, NJ. Attending the Teacher Academy helped further my interest in STEM related fields and I hope to pass some of that passion on to my students.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that every child is an individual and learns in different ways. Every child has different circumstances and the teacher should always be aware of that. Every child should feel safe when in the classroom. The classroom should be student-centered. Learning should be engaging, fun, and challenging. Teachers should have high expectations and should always be an example for the students to follow. Teachers should be partners with parents in their children’s education. Involvement within the school community is important to the school’s success.
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