I am currently pursuing an M.A. at the University of Northern Colorado where my degree concentration is Teaching Diverse Learners (Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse education.) I have a teaching license in Colorado (Alternate License Elementary Education) and have a TESOL certificate (IOA 120 hours). In addition, I have an MA in Teaching from the University of Southern California (Elementary Education).
Other degrees and certificates I have include a graduate certificate in College Teaching and Learning (Walden University), an M.S. in Administration of Justice (Wilmington University), and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I am a former law enforcement officer, investigator, trainer, college adjunct instructor, and Army National Guard veteran.
Though, out of all of my achievements, I am the most proud of my roles as 'proud mom of a very driven dyslexic college student' and 'proud U.S. Air Force Academy mom'!
I believe that every person is, or has the potential to be, a capable learner. I also think that the best leaders are born from having to work diligently and tirelessly to reach their goals. I bring a unique set of skills, experiences, and personal assets to my teaching approach. Some examples include: passion, drive, creativity, tenacity, a huge capacity for cheer-leading, and a quest to champion ideals that foster change and encourage self-confidence in my students.
My core proficiencies and commitments are:
I am creative, community minded, and committed to building a learning environment that values acceptance, respect, self-efficacy, and collaboration.
I am adept at developing engaging lesson plans, creative assessment techniques, and differentiated instruction.
I support all student abilities with methodologies such as hands-on experiential learning, problem-based learning, and collaborative exploration.
Using a student-centric perspective informed by theoretical foundations, I provide a stimulating learning environment to encourage my students to embrace their own learning, to self-advocate, to advance their critical thinking skills, and to further 21st Century skill development!
Ultimately, I really enjoy encouraging students to find unique ways to connect the dots so they reach that 'aha' moment. One of my strengths is creating moments for student to find new ways to answer a question, to shift a paradigm and critically assess a concept, to learn and use lateral thinking strategies, and to engage with their learning in the most effective and individualized way!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wilmington University - Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Master of Arts Teaching, Elementary School Teaching
I have a wide-variety of passions and interests, but if I were to focus in on a specific area, I would say that the most important is words, books, and writing. I love language, speaking, conversing, and the expression of ideas and thoughts. I am fascinated by the feel of a book in my hand and truly enjoy pondering what journeys an old worn text may have had. Ergo, I am a huge proponent of experiencing words, writing, and other communication methods; especially for people who struggle with this particular area! Other things I love include mountain biking, cooking and nutrition, “doing” art, movies, animals, telling jokes and laughing, and spending time with my family. And, if that isn’t enough, I also enjoy exploring, traveling, photography, and being outdoors!
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GACE - Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators
IELTS - International English Language Testing System Prep
Police Officer Exam
PRAXIS Elementary School
Study Skills and Organization