What grade level(s) and/or subject(s) are you currently teaching? What grade levels have you taught prior to this year?
2nd grade now; 1st and 4th previously, reading interventionist grades 1-5 also
If currently in the classroom, how long have you been teaching? If not still in classroom, how long did you teach?
I have taught for 17 years…
When did you join Teachers Pay Teachers as a Seller? What made you decide to become a seller?
January 2011....I wanted to write a book but didn't have the patience, so I decided to start writing lessons and activities! Plus, I like the challenge!
What is something unique about you both inside the classroom and outside the classroom?
As a teacher: I have led many professional developments/training sessions throughout my district and a few across the state. I enjoy teaching teachers almost as much as I enjoy teaching my students because the challenges are different. I love sharing my knowledge and learning new things.
Outside of the classroom: I hope to one day be self-employed and be able to work out of my home; I am a 'wanna-be' writer and curriculum developer. This is a well-kept secret: I LOVE to write lesson plans. I just don't always follow them!! I see lesson plans as a stepping-stone for something bigger and better to spin off of. It drives my administrator nuts!
One piece of advice you can give to a beginning teacher & one piece for a veteran teacher:
Beginning teacher: go with the flow--education will change 100 times before you finally feel like you know what you are doing. Then, it will change another 100 times.
Veteran: I know things are changing drastically....have changed drastically....just hang in there and go with the flow!
One of your best selling product links: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Skylar-Skunks-Birthday-Party-Ordinal-Number-Task-Cards-With-Pictures
What other neat information would you like to share?
I grew up in Clinton, TN, home of the first desegregated high school in the south. Now I live in Chattanooga, TN.
I have 3 degrees--the latest is my Education Specialist degree.
I am married with 2 wonderful, energetic kids, 2 cats Isabella (calico) and her 20 lb. baby boy, Teddy. Teddy always knows if I am upset and will come and sit with em. He keeps my feet warm at night. =)
Unique fact: I went to London on a high school trip in 1989, shortly after the Lockerby, Scotland airplane crash due to bombing. The night before we were supposed to leave to fly back to the states, a bomb threat was put on our plane. We couldn't change tickets...so we all called our familes at home to let them know and tell them that we loved them. Security that day was something else--every bit of our luggage and everything in our carry-ons was taken out and gone through. Not an event that is likely to be forgotten, ever.
Are there any other sites you’d like posted for others to access?
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/bestpractices4teachingblog