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Teacher Biography

I have enjoyed being a resource room teacher in East Jackson for 26 years.  I first taught at the middle school for 20 years, then for 5 years at Robinson, and am now in my second year at the new East Jackson Elementary!  In my classroom I believe that it is imperative to challenge my students to be good thinkers while at the same time creating a community where they feel comfortable and safe.  I intend for you to see significant improvements in your child's learning while they are a student of mine.

A little more about me: I grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois where my parents still live.  I went to Hope College in Holland, Michigan for my undergraduate degree and Eastern Michigan University for my graduate degree in school counseling.  I have a husband who is an avid bicyclist, a daughter who is an avid dancer, and a standard labradoodle who is an avid runner.  One of my interests outside of school is reading, which I try to do as much as I can!  I love to share in discussion of books with my family, friends, and students.  I also love to work out, practice yoga, and plan to run at least one half marathon in 2016 and a 200 mile relay in 2017!

I love to work with students who learn differently and love the challenge of finding ways to help them learn and be successful.

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Classroom Notes

This year I am teaching reading, ELA, and math in the resource room:

READING:
I use the SRA Corrective Reading series with my reading students. Much research has been done on why direct reading instruction is an effective way to improve the reading skills of students who are reading below grade level. This program is phonics-based and works to correct common mistakes with students’ reading. The program focuses on three areas of reading: decoding, comprehension and fluency.

ELA:
Students in my ELA class have weekly spelling units with tests on Fridays. We also work on comprehension skills with novels read out loud in class as well as writing pieces connected to the reading. Students also have reading notebooks to connect their thoughts to what is being read. We write in journals at least once per week, work on Daily Oral Language, Daily Analogies, and visualizing/verbalizing to increase comprehension and memory skills. We are also using a new website for writing and posting our writing pieces for classmates to read and comment. Students are excited about this new technology.

MATH:
In math, we will cover four main units this year:
unit 1: number sense and place value
unit 2: addition and subtraction
unit 3: multiplication and division
unit 4: pre-algebra concepts and Hands-On Equations
In addition to those units, we will also cover some basic geometry concepts.

 

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