Hello Woodrow Wilson Community,
I'd love to share a little bit about my family, teaching history, as well as some of my favorites.
I am married and have two great boys, Zachary- 12 and Ryder- 3. We have 2 cats named Bob and Moose. We love to be outside together and especially enjoy sitting around camp fires. One of our favorite things to do is to play board games. It's a great way to slow down and spend time with each other. Being a mother of two active and creative boys has made me a better teacher. I treat my students with the same dignity and respect that I expect my sons’ teachers to give them.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College in 2000 and I attended Cleveland State University to complete my Master's Degree of Education: Curriculum & Instruction / Reading Endorsement in 2006. I have 13 combined years of classroom teaching experience in North Carolina and WNY. I have experience teaching 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades, so I have many strategies for working with all levels of learning.
I truly believe in allowing students the time and space to stretch their thinking, develop their own ideas and to make connections. This is when authentic and "real" learning will take place.
My favorite inspiring read aloud to share with the students is How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird by Jacques Prevert. My two personal favorite books are To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. A quote I have grown to embrace is by Margaret Mead, “You must teach students how to think, not what to think.” I often think about this and it reminds me that children are like sponges ready to learn. I just need to spark their interests and show them how to put their brain to work!