All About Me ...
Ah, yes ... here we unlock the mystery of ME! I graduated from the University of Texas - Austin (HOOK 'EM HORNS) with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Primatology (yes, I studied monkeys ... tell me you see the irony). In college, I was often asked if I planned on being a teacher. My nose would wrinkle like I smelled a skunk as I derisively replied, "Uh, no!" Isn't the universe hilarious?
Fast forward several years (don't ask ... it is a LOT), and I am one of the happiest people on this planet - a TEACHER! Turns out there is NOTHING I would rather do with my life. I absolutely love being a teacher (turns out college-me was wrong). I taught preschool for seven years; however, I came to the elementary world at GTE in 2009. In fact, over the years I had many former preschool students in my 4th grade classes. How fun!
One other job I have is that of author. Don't believe me? Go check Amazon :) No, seriously ... go check. I'll wait right here. Good! You're back. See? To date, I have written more than 30 books for children. It is a fun perspective to bring to the classroom when I teach writing. Want to learn more? Click Here!
Away from school, my life includes being married to my wonderful husband, Joseph. I also have two stunning, smart, spectacular daughters who are both former GTE Gators. I like, no wait ... LOVE to read. My family and I also enjoy going to the lake, playing cards or dominoes, and watching movies.
My Teaching Philosophy ...
I believe in setting high expectations for each student. They WILL rise to the challenge.
I believe enthusiasm is contagious. If I am excited about learning, students are powerless to resist!
I believe that every student is a unique, amazing individual brimming with possibility and inherent potential.
I believe in that parents and teachers are a team working together to raise wonderful human beings.
I believe that having a happy, self-confident student is as important as having a well-educated one.
I believe in EVERY CHILD ... period.
Quotes That I Take To Heart ...
"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
"Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!"