Fourteen years ago, I married my high school sweetheart. His mother was a third grade teacher and so he was experienced at putting up bulletin boards and has tons of patience!
I am the proud mother of four fantastic kids. Our oldest is 13. Our twins are 11 and our youngest is 10. We are a very busy family!
More about me...
I went to Northern Arizona University and studied Political Science with an emphasis in the American Legal System. After college, I spent some time working in the state senate, the state attorney general's office and lobbied for the state supreme court.
After having the twins, I had the opportunity to stay home with my babies and I jumped on it. I stayed home with them until my youngest was in Kindergarten. I will always treasure those years.
I went back to school and got my certificate to teach secondary government. But while finishing my degree, I spent a lot of time volunteering in my kids' classrooms. I felt at home! My husband didn't even bat an eye when I announced that I wanted to get an elementary certification! He rocks!
Teaching third grade seemed to truly be my calling. The kids are somewhat independent, but still think that school is cool. They also laugh at all of my ridiculous jokes.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and more around.
Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
School should be fun! We party in my class!