Degree and School Experience
Certifications: EC-6 with ESL and Special Education Supplemental
1st grade teacher, Sheldon Elementary, Sheldon ISD; 2014-2015
Substitute teacher, Madelia Elementary and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial; January-June 2014
Literacy tutor, Minnesota Reading Corps at Little Knights Preschool, 2010-2011
Preschool Paraprofessional/Special Education Paraprofessional, Little Knights Preschool/LCWM; 2007-2013
- I believe that school should be a safe, enjoyable, positive learning environment where every child can succeed. I use positive reinforcement and build relationships with each student to create a caring learning environment.
- I believe that children learn in different ways. I provide opportunities for learning using hands-on activities, technology, visuals, songs, drama, movement and cooperative group learning.
- I believe in the power of early, targeted intervention. This is accomplished through data based instruction, progress monitoring and observation for one on one support and small groups.
- I believe that teachers and families need to partner together to provide the best education for students. As an educator, I am responsible to teach the whole child. A child who is hungry or scared is unable to focus on learning. It is my job to find out the needs and what motivates each student so that maximum learning can take place.
- I believe that educators are the first learners in the classroom. I take that learning role seriously as I learn new technology, keep current on best practice, and learn how to best support each student in my classroom.
- I believe in professional collaboration within my teaching team and with other experts. Each person has strengths and weaknesses. I believe that each teacher needs to reflect on their teaching practice and be open to the evaluation of others.
Some of the ways we learn
Using our senses
I love to use all of our senses as we learn. I try to use real objects whenever possible.
I love drama and my students are no different! They love to retell stories by acting them out.
We use cooperative learning to learn from each other and share what we have learned. Children learn by doing and talking about what they have learned.