This blog commemorates a decade of teaching experience. I began my career as an elementary resource teacher. After two years, I decided to change things up. I worked as a middle school resource teacher for three years and then decided to head back to elementary resource. At that point, I knew it was time to try something new, and I decided to put my Master’s degree to work. I obtained a position as a gifted and talented education specialist. This is where I have decided to settle in for a while.
The last few years of my teaching career have inspired me to simply teach. What can we do with less materials? What can we do with less time? How can we avoid the need for more funding? How can my students have more control of their learning? How can my students make positive contributions to the school community? How can I get community members involved with the learning of my students? These are only a few of the questions that I continually ponder which inspire ideas, trials & tribulations, sweat, hard work, mistakes, and success.
I’m not just a teacher. I might be found rock climbing, SCUBA diving, riding my bike with my dog, or hanging out with circus performers; literally, on silks, lyra or trapeze. You may find me glued to my computer or I-pad typing out the first novel I have ever attempted to write or writing code. There are piles of books on my bed and nightstand and accumulating in my I-pad. Some will be read quickly, others will never be finished, and sometimes I will let a book linger with me as I read it over a year or two before it’s finished. I love to grow desert hardy plants and flowers in my garden that don’t require a lot of attention. One day I would like to live in a place where the sun isn’t so harsh, so I may more easily grow an edible garden. I am also a student, a lifelong learner. If I am not learning in a classroom environment, I’m learning from trying new activities and meeting new people.