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Carleton College (ENGLISH)
National College of Education (Other)
EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN GEOGRAPHY (20 YRS.) (Other)
Before I began teaching, I was fortunate enough to spend a year with two master teachers, attend the Chicago Area Writing Project, attending a Dorothy Heathcote drama institute, and participating in a progressive education conference in Europe. These conferences solidified what I had already learned. My experience with writing lead me to give numerous writing workshops over the years in Lima, Peru; two schools in Santiago, Chile; La Serena, Chile, Campenas, Brazil (2 spring breaks in a row), Barbadoes, the Bahamas, Campinas and Bogota, Colombia, and serveral places in the United States. I taught the social studies methods course for four years for Northwestern University as an adjunct professor.
I have taught a variety of different grades for the last 32 years. The majority of my teaching has been in the middle grades in single as well as multi-age classrooms. One of the greatest experiences in my life was teaching at the international schools in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile. Teaching in those schools opened the world of different cultures to me. I also caught the traveling bug. This spring I am going to visit my 33rd country.
After I returned to the United States, I got a job in Winnetka, where I worked for 24 years teaching 3rd, 4/5 multi-age for 3 years, a fourth and fifth grade cycle, fourth grade, and then a third and fourth grade cycle. My principal paid for me to attend a National Geographic Teaching Institute. For the following 15 years I attended national meetings and advanced institutes. Learning about the geography helped me to truly understand my overseas experience.
Creating curriculum has always been a delight for me, especially with my liberal arts background. I have written an African American unit called "The Long Road to Freedom," which takes the African view from West Africa, to the colonies, through the Civil War, and then Civil Rights. Integrating all of the subject areas, especially reading and writing is a delight. I want to tutor so that I may continue to teach children and have money to continue to travel. Before I began teaching, I was fortunate enough to spend a year with two master teachers, attend the Chicago Area Writing Project, attending a Dorothy Heathcote drama institute, and participating in a progressive education conference in Europe. These conferences solidified what I had
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Including my years in South America. I have taught elementary classes, all of the major subjects, for 35 years. In my overseas positions and in Winnetka, I have written and published curriculum within the district. I have also taught adults at the college level as well as teachers at various international schools. My undergraduate degree is from a top rated liberal arts school. I would be willing to take another test. I feel I am more than qualified in elementary education.
I earned a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton College, and then earned a M.A.T. in teaching from National College of Education. I also was trained through National Geographic in their teacher alliance program in the 1990s through 2005. I also trained teachers in different schools in the United States and in South America.
Learning about geography from the National Geography changed my life in many ways. I learned so much more about the countries I had lived in before returning to the U.S. Geography is NOT just places or dots on map. In fact, it can be divided into 5 themes. The first one is location, both absolute and relative location. It is also place, which looks at a location and sees what it has in common with another.
The third theme is region. What do areas have in common? Why would you link them together? Movement is how people, goods, and ideas move from place to place. The last theme is human environment do we affect the earth and how does the earth affect us? For 20 years. I was heavily involved in the workshops, presentations, and even NGS sponsored traveled lived in or traveled to 36 countries.
I have excellent handwriting and cursive skills. Even though I had a stroke 3 years ago, my handwriting is as neat as it has ever been. Even my doctors comment on how neat it is. Handwriting is generally taught in 3rd grade and then reviewed in fourth in my former district. I taught cursive handwriting for at least 15 yrs.
I have had to help children of multiple ages study and retain information. In our elementary school third and fourth graders need to be prepared to take the SAT's in math, reading, writing, and or science and social studies.
In college I spent 3 years on the volleyball team. My senior year I spent in England. I also helped 7th graders in my first job who were on the volleyball team. I know the rules, the moves, and I love the game.