With a strong commitment to student learning and success, I have always made an effort to be respectful and fair, as well as sensitive to factors that influence student learning. I have always found that when you have a good rapport with students, they are more motivated to work hard with you.
Because I consider myself to be a life-long learner, I have embraced every opportunity to grow professionally since I obtained my undergrad in elementary education
from Ohio University in 2000, and my master's in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University in 2006. I enjoy opportunities to learn about Best Practices and Research-based instructional strategies, and when working with students, I pull from this knowledge to use frequent formative assessments to gauge student learning and adjust these strategies to best fit the individual needs of the student with whom I'm working. There is no silver bullet in education, and an advantage to working with a student one-on-one is the opportunity to work with them in the ways that most benefit them personally. In the classroom, I organized my classes so that I had to time to confer with students individually and in small groups so that I could give them the kind of individual attention that they needed to be successful.
After ten years in the classroom, I became an Instructional Coach in my school and later, for the district. I worked with teachers to help them refine their craft and also facilitated school-based and district-wide professional development. I modeled lessons for teachers, I participated in curriculum planning meetings, and I facilitated monthly Literacy Leader Network meetings as well as the district professional development for over 300 ELA
teachers. These positions outside the classroom afforded me ample opportunities to grow professionally, and I look forward to taking this growth to the next level when I begin working with students again soon.
I've been staying at home with my three-year-old son since my husband's relocation with his job in September of 2012. We are fairly new to the area, and while I love staying at home with our child, I miss teaching. I would embrace any opportunity to work with students again.
6 hours notice required
Travels within 15 miles of Stevensville, MI 49127