I'm a lifelong learner and teacher of 12 years. I have taught every subject K-8th grade. I believe in hands-on learning through problem solving and innovation. Students will be motivated and challenged when working with me, and I find joy in seeing my students succeed.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: MSU Bozeman - Bachelors, Elementary education
Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Math education
ACT Composite: 26
Basketball, volleyball, reading, quilting, foodie, football.
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Social Studies
High School Chemistry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a proponent of active learning and use a variety of methods to encourage discussion and interaction on the standards being taught. I believe in teaching students; not just content, but vital critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students need to have hands-on access to model and explore what is being taught, and they need to learn in a safe environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would begin with some ice-breakers so that we could get to know each other and become more comfortable. I would then assess for areas of need that need to be addressed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Other strategies would need to be implemented and tried until something is found that the student understands. Many times, younger children need to be able to see a concrete representation of a concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I teach Language Arts, so I have many different strategies to teach comprehension, as well as different program experience.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Hands-on and visual strategies are usually the most successful. Also, "I do, we do, you do" is successful.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I use a scaffolding process called "I Do, We Do, You Do" to gradually release a student to independence. I also like to get to know a student's interests to motivate him/her further.