I have always wanted to be a teacher. Even when I was young, I would play school with the other children in my neighborhood. Of course, I would only participate in the role of the educator. There was something powerful about being a teacher. As a young child, I couldn’t explain that power in words. However, I felt it when I watched my elementary teachers in front of the chalkboard. They seemed to have power over the class. Those teachers could take us to other places through our imaginations. They could also turn on the light in our minds and make us say, “Oh, I get it!” One word of encouragement or praise could make us feel like we were on top of the world. Teaching seemed like such a glamorous job. Teachers seemed part-human and part-magical.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and minors in English and Bible. My Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction came from Nova Southeastern University. My educational goal of obtaining a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership occurred in 2010 with a dissertation titled, “Cooperative Learning in Elementary Mathematics.”
My teaching experience involves teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I also had the opportunity to work with teachers as a Title I resource teacher. As an adjunct professor at Polk Community College, I taught courses in Classroom Management, Exceptional Student Education in Florida, and Curriculum and Instruction.
I currently teaching 3rd grade overseas in a DoDDS school in Okinawa, Japan. My classroom theme is “Class of United Nations” which involves a classroom of cooperative learning and collaboration.