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Friday, April 29, 2011

Welcome to my Blog!

Thank you for taking a look at my blog. My hope is that you find something you can use or improve. Please check back soon and often. I am new to this and will be adding as I learn.

About Me

I'm a Navy wife, Early Childhood Educator, Amateur Baker, Novice Knitter, etc. I love to share my ideas and resources freely for you to use, toss, or improve. ;) I'm a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel. You will see lots of links to websites that have already done it better, cuter, smarter, and easier than I ever could! I'm hard enough on myself, so criticism and general negativity will not be tolerated on this site. Be Nice. Be Respectful. Be Helpful. Enjoy!

I have been teaching Pre K and Kindergarten since 2004. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood (Age 3-Grade 3). I have taught in Florida, Japan ( through DODEA), California, and Hawaii. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in Virginia.

I have been published several times in The Mailbox Magazine, a resource magazine for teachers. I am a member of ASCD, (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) which is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. I have attended trainings on Handwriting Without Tears, Project Based Learning, Using Assessment to Guide Instruction, Creative Curriculum, School Accreditation, Scholastic RED, and American Sign Language.

I believe in play-based instruction, learning through all modalities, and lots of singing! I tend to pull ideas from several education philosophies to form an eclectic teaching style. Children and group dynamics change dramatically from year to year and I have a voracious appetite for learning new teaching strategies. Sometimes this lends itself to a lack of focus or organization, but often it enables me to reach that one struggling student.

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