I believe that all children are capable of learning no matter their background or circumstances. Children need a trustworthy, respectful, and caring teacher in order to feel safe and learn to their greatest potential. They also need to be in a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment in order to be successful. A teacher needs to have high expectations and a positive attitude. A successful teacher will reach a child where he/she is at and teach according to his/her abilities.
I went to High School at Cheboygan Area High School in Cheboygan, Michigan. I graduated in 2002. I went to Saginaw Valley State University from 2002-2007 and graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with minors in Math and English. I am currently working on my Masters Degree as a Literacy Specialist at Saginaw Valley State University.
I currently teach 1st grade at a charter school in Bay City. I taught for a charter school in Saginaw for 5 years. I taught a 2/3 split for 2 years, and then 2nd grade for 3 years. Before that I had a long term substitute teaching job in a 5th grade classroom for 5 months. I also was a substitute teacher for a few years before my first year of teaching in my own classroom.
I am a supervisor at my local church in the baby/toddler room. I tutor two days a week for children in my classroom. I spend time with my family. I have two small girls at home.