Hi There! I have been an educator for over 25 years and I am excited to join the online community. Throughout the years, I have worn many hats: Assistant Principal, Director of Summer School, Elementary Teacher and even a competitive gymnastics coach! Coaching gymnastics taught me how to help children reach their potential while having fun. I began my first year of teaching with the same approach of making learning fun and it made the transition from coaching gymnastics to teaching school seamless. I have spent the last 10 years teaching Kindergarten. I love Kindergarten because I have the honor of being my student’s first teacher, and creating an engaging environment where they will fall in love with learning.
I earned my a BA in Child and Adolescent Studies and MA in Education. I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as a Tier 1 Administrative Credential in Educational Leadership. I have 10 years experience as an International Baccalaureate teacher in the Primary Years Program. This combination of education and experience provided me with academic expertise; however, I was not satisfied I had the expertise I needed to meet the unique behavioral needs of many of my at-risk students. I worked extensively with a clinical psychologist and earned a certificate in Teacher Child Interaction Training (TCIT). This gave me the skills necessary to successfully help children with behavioral modification needs. My educational philosophy encompasses the whole child. Children are happy, confident and intrinsically motivated to learn when they are in a safe supportive environment.
My favorite educational quote, “Every child can learn, just not on the same day or the same way.” ~ George Evans