Last year, I taught 6th grade Geography. This year, I am back in the Elementary classroom teaching 2nd grade at the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
This past year I have been teaching in a 5th grade classroom at Duquesne City School District. I have broadened my experience with classroom management, curriculum writing as well as using technology in the classroom. One of the most exciting events I attended was the 2013 Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC). The use of technology is top priority in my lessons as well as professional life. I utilize a SMARTboard, iPad, ELMO, Mobi, Responders, and mobile laptop cart regularly throughout lessons in my classroom.
Previous to working at Duquesne, I taught fourth grade at Lincoln Edison Elementary in Las Vegas, Nevada for four years. I was also the Lead Teacher for the 2011-2012 school year. I was in charge of planning and discussing curriculum goals with grade level teachers as well as mentoring new teachers. I regularly attended meetings with other Lead Teachers and administrators. I planned and managed the development of standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment plans and strategies. On top of that, I presented at Professional Developments to other schools and attended various trainings to better my teaching practices.
I have had to teach to a diverse group of students each year. Every year, I have individual, but high expectations for my students’ success in the classroom. I strive to create lessons that are engaging and rigorous. I address the individual needs of all of my students by creating Individual Learning Plans for them using various forms of data. I keep in regular contact with parents in order to discuss their child’s goals and also with students to see how we could meet best achieve their goals together. Students are expected to work with partners or in groups daily to complete assignments.