University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Composite Writing)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (MEd)
I began my education with a degree in Composite Writing which is a combination of informative and creative writing. While in school I was a tutor in the literacy center, taught swimming lessons, and worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support. After a teaching position with AmeriCorps I returned to school for a Master's of Arts in Special Education. I've taught in both public and private school settings. My favorite positions have been with alternative education students.
I am currently a homeschooling mom of four children. I provide support and guidance to several co-op groups. I also lead Catechesis/Faith Formation at my church and am an acive member of a local MOPS chapter.
I am currently certified in Special Education N-21, English 7-12, Math 7-9. I have direct experience with teaching phonics and reading skills, grammar and writing skills, and mathematics through HS geometry. I use a variety of approaches that meet the learning needs of the individual and help my sudents develop healthy study habitats and foster enjoyment in their education.
I have a verification in Special Education which required me to take several credits on understanding how to teach mathematics.
I also have a Math 7-9 certification.
I am currently using Math-U-See, an accredited and common core program for teaching math to my own four children. It is a sequential and mastery program that incorporates real world uses for math and problem solving abilities.
I have a B.A. in Composite Writing, which is a combination of informative and creative writing. I have a published a collection and won an award in 2001. I was acting editor-in-chief for three years of the university literary magazine.
I teach using a combination of phonics and whole language for reading. I have been successful with struggling readers, low motivation, and dyslexia. I incorporate games, shared reading, and high interest reading materials.
For writing I use many narrative pieces and copy work. Madlibs have been a favorite with upper elementary and middle school students for teaching parts of speech.
Handwriting Without Tears has been my preffered method for teaching handwriting and penmanship skills.
I have a basic certification in Catechism. I will have a permanent certification in May 2016. I have a Level 1 certification for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; I will have completed level 2 in November 2016. My bible studies are Roman Catholic.
I'm have a flexible schedule and I do my best to incorporate a students interests so that learning is more meaningful and fun!
I'm the founder of The Caritas Classroom, a collection of community projects! We have made helper bags for the homeless, send greeting cards to nursing homes, crochet scarves for the needy, raise money and make blankets for the unborn, and we are currently making pillowcase dresses for little girls in Africa.
I try to find every day beautiful! I began my education with a degree in Composite Writing which is a combination of informative and creative writing. While in school I was a tutor in the literacy center, taught swimming lessons, and worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support. After a teaching position with AmeriCorps I returned to school for a Master's of Arts in Special Education.
I am currently a faith formation teacher for Level I of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
I completed my training in October 2015.
I have been taking a Pathways course that will give me permanent status as a Catechesis Teacher.
I will have my Level II training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd completed in November of 2016.
We attend mass regularly.
I have also coordinated the bible lessons for our local MOPS charter for three years (ages 1-9).
I taught a combination of Red Cross and YMCA swimming lessons for 18 years.
I've coached a multi-age summer swim team.
I've coach three season of high school swimming, each year we attended state championships!
I swam competitively for 9 years.