University of South Alabama (Elementary Education)
University of West Alabama (MEd)
I have worked in public and private school settings. Before being certified as a teacher, I spent years subbing in my school district. I have been teaching for 9.5 years. I've taught K-4, Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. I recently moved back to Alabama after living in Arizona for 4 years. I have a 4th grader and I love teaching. I tutored 5 students before moving away. Tutoring has provided me the opportunity to work one-on one with students and produce phenomenal growth and understanding.
Extensive training and the ability to implement English skills in the classroom has allowed me to be quite comfortable in my abilities. I have also successfully taught students with little to no English background.
Elementary Education is my life and I am still learning.
The test scores of my students has always been average and above average. My 8 year old also reads on an 8th grade level. We started young with building a foundation in phonics and phonemic awareness.
I have high expectations for myself and the students I work with. There is no challenge too great for us to conquer! I have worked in public and private school settings. Before being certified as a teacher, I spent years subbing in my school district. I have been teaching for 9.5 years. I've taught K-4, Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. I recently moved back to Alabama after living in Arizona for 4 years. I have a 4th grader and I love teaching. I tutored 5
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I have taught Common Core, with fidelity, for the past four years. I enjoy the process of learning the Common Core standards, as well as the opportunity to teach students the many ways to arrive at a response. Teaching Common Core also allows me the opportunity to encourage students to think outside the box, and promote the value of in depth thinking about a concept. Common Core has been a huge part of my life for the past five years and I have gone as far as completing my dissertation research on Common Core and ways to improve the reputation of the standards.
My background includes instruction of students in grades Pre-K. first, second, third, and fifth. As a teacher, I am required to present students with the best possible instruction, and continuously check for understanding as the lesson progress. I have been trained to recognize area of weaknesses and supplement the skills to build a foundation, as well as identify areas of strengths and enhance learning to move students to the next level.
Elementary School Teacher
As a lower grade teacher, handwriting was not a requirement in the district's curriculum, but it has always been an important factor in my book. Understanding the formation of letters and how those letters come together to make words not only aids in the development of great penmanship, but also the organization of thoughts and ideas for written responses. Written responses increase the level of confidence within students, as he or she learns to become self expressive.
As a 5th grade teacher, it because very important to myself (for data purposes) and my students (for the purpose of grades) that they were aware of successful testing strategies. As a means of preparation for test, I have guided students in the direction of strategies, as opposed to 'teaching to the test'. Understanding the universal language of test taking strategies, not only helped improve classroom exams, but also district and state assessments. Students were able to focus on the process, rather than the material.