I’ve been teaching since 1997. Please try not to figure out how old that makes me. 🙂
I spent the first year as a long term sub in three classrooms (and in and out of a few K-12) classes. Then I spent a few years teaching 1st grade at a Catholic elementary with 40 students per classroom. During all of that I was getting my teaching credential. On the job training would be an understatement.
I’ve been at my current school since 2002. I taught 3rd grade for two years, 1st grade for two years, and then 2nd grade for 6 years. Ready for a change, I made a jump and taught 5th grade math for a year.
Now I teach K-6 Intervention. Yes, 7 grade levels a day. Our school restructured and I’ve been able to coordinate intervention for our school and am loving every minute of it.
We have a specials time that allows the grade level homeroom teachers to meet while their classes go to Fitness, Music, Art, or Engineering. During this time, I have flexible groups that change regularly based on data. Homeroom teachers analyze data and create intervention groups for me. They choose the topics, duration and the students that I teach. My groups typically change after 2 or 3 weeks. I see about 200 kids a day. The constant change and 7 grade levels keep me busy but I love every second of it. I love that we came up with a way to meet our kiddos needs without pulling them from their homeroom class.
While I’m teaching 7 grade levels a day, I’m only teaching each grade level one thing at a time. I love having 40 minutes of focused time to help the kids meet a specific goal. Each moment counts. There are things I miss about being a homeroom teacher, like having a jobs where kids keep my room clean and organized for me. However, there are a lot of things I no longer have to do that I don’t miss like handing out flyers, collecting papers for the office, and the tons of small tasks that add up as a homeroom teacher. I’m free to teach. So awesome. Also, every age and personality is enjoyable for a quick 40 minutes.
I call my Intervention class Surf Lessons. I tell my students that if you watch surfers, you see they fall off their board every time. You don’t see them catch a wave and stay standing all the way to the shore. They don’t cry or give up when they fall. They smile, enjoy the ride, and get ready to try again. By the time Surf Lessons are over for them, their target skill will be easier and hopefully they’ll enjoy the ride.
Our school was an Edison Charter when I arrived and I became a trainer for Edison. I had the pleasure of spending time traveling throughout the country training SFA Reading Roots, Wilson Fundations (Reading), and classroom management.
I’ve been part of the school’s leadership team for many years. Our leadership team was recently trained to become data team trainers for our site. I’ve also been a BTSA Support Provider which means that I help support some of the new teachers on our site.
I was married in July of 2011. My husband volunteers regularly in my classroom and around my school. We are adventurous and love spending time by the water. Life is short and we are ready to live and enjoy it.