I love, love, love teaching! I retired from a 25 year career in 2010. I am over the moon to pursue my passion, again. Primarily, I taught first grade in Long Beach, California. My expertise is in supporting children to become fluent readers and creative writers. I teach thematically - so Science, Social Studies, Art, Music are woven throughout the curriculum. (Yes, I also teach math - and keep if fun and hands on) During my college years - I taught pre-school in the S.F. Bay Area and my degree had an Early Childhood Education focus.
As a Mentor and Master Teacher for 20 years, I trained new and veteran teachers, as well as, developed curriculum for the district and other programs. NBC News honored me with the Crystal Apple Award for the Rolling Readers (Tutoring) Project, a district wide program, which supported 100's of students achieving grade level reading proficiency.
I am an alum of U.C. Berkeley where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree. I completed my teaching studies at San Francisco State University and earned an Elementary Credential which I have kept current. I continued to develop my professional knowledge at U.C.L.A with graduate level courses in Science Education and did coursework towards a Reading Specialist Masters at Grand Canyon University.
Two years ago I relocated to Memphis from California and love it here.