WELCOME TO FIRST GRADE IN ROOM 8
Professional and Educational Background
I have been a teacher in the Bellevue District for 15 years. Before that, I taught in various school districts in Sonoma County for 3 years. I have an extensive background as a preschool teacher as well, which I did for about 6 years while I attended college. I graduated from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University in 1991 and also received my Teaching Credential from Sonoma State, in 1993. I feel very fortunate to have received my excellent education from this fine institution
Philosophy of EducationMy philosophy of education centers around the concept that all children have the ability to learn, and that all children deserve an education; including those who are well above grade level. My job as an educator is to provide opportunities and experiences that allow for students to engage actively in their learning environment and with the curriculum. Children have very unique and interesting perspectives about their world. They have the capacity to take in new information and integrate it into what they already know. They are naturally curious and love to explore. This makes them efficacious learners when they are given the opportunity to interact with the subject they are learning about through projects, meaningful conversations, and collaborative team learning.
Technology is an essential component in the curriculum of the 21st Century classroom. As the technological demands on our students increase as they get older, the need for them to be fluent and confident with the various and diverse platforms available is critical. In addition, technology can enhance the learning experiences of students both in learning skills and in deepening knowledge.
Personal Information: I am fortunate to be the mother of two amazing young people. My daughter, Leigh is almost 29. My son, David is 22. I feel so blessed to be their mother because they have been incredible teachers to me. They have enhanced the quality of my life in ways I never knew were possible.
I am also lucky to have 3 wonderful sisters Tory, Beth, and Kathy, and one brother, Robert. I can't imagine not having them in my life.
That's me in the Flintstone t-shirt!