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My Teaching Style
I am a strong advocate for classroom differentiation. I prefer to be a facilitator for small group instruction, offering choices for students through menus and differentiated products that demonstrate mastery.
My Teaching Experience
I taught self-contained 2nd grade, and departmentalized 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I taught Gifted students, ESL students, heterogeneous grouped classes, and cluster groups. My strengths are in Reading and English Language Arts, although I have taught every subject at some time. For the last 15 years of my 35 year career, I was a district level administrator of gifted and talented services.
BS in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Masters of Education from University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX Certifications in: Self-Contained Teaching 1-8 English 1-8 ESL Gifted and Talented Principal Supervision Superintendent
My Own Education History
I have always loved education. When I was 3, my mother was expecting a second child, so she put me in a private kindergarten to learn to get along with other children, and I kept going for 3 years! I initially majored in Computer Science with a math minor, but switched to education at the end of the first semester because I felt isolated in a very male dominated field. I wanted to work with children and liked talking and working collaboratively with other women.I went through my Bachelor's program in two and a half years instead of 4, and was the first in my cohort to complete my Doctorate, graduating a semester ahead of the other 30 in the group. I have always been in a hurry to get on to the next adventure.I have a preference for reading research and keeping up with the latest innovations in education.