My First year
Expectations? Of course, I had expectations as a first year teacher teaching in a notoriously rough area of West Philadelphia. They were simple: try to keep the kids from fighting and don’t cry in front of the class. Today, my students are excited, happy, engaged, focused, and most importantly, they learn. They are excited to learn. They laugh, listen to directions, and love to learn. I rarely need to discipline. It took many failures as well as successes, trying every teaching method I could find, finding my groove, reading the research, working in challenging school settings, to try to constantly grow. I felt I had to share what I learned with others, you.
Where Am I Now?
I am currently in my ninth year teaching and have found success inside the classroom. I was humbled to be recognized as Teacher of the Year of my school in my fourth year of teaching, and nominated three times additionally. In fact, I’ve had so much success that I am currently publishing a book revealing all of my secrets to a better classroom, coming 2015. I’ve worked with students anywhere from 6th to 11th grade, primarily in Language Arts. I’ve been a teacher coach, curriculum designer, workshop presenter, and have held leadership positions in school settings. I’ve seen it all and know how hard teachers work. I believe that ideas that work should be shared. I believe in teaching the whole child, bring laughter back into the classroom, and teaching from your heart. I can help you get the class you’ve always dreamed about.