New to Alaska as of July 2013, I grew up in a town called Traverse City in northern Michigan, where I graduated high school. I later attended Northwestern Michigan College and received an Associate of Science and Arts before continuing my education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan,earning a Bachelor of Arts for English and Psychology and my teaching certificate.
For more than ten years, I have enjoyed teaching in a wide variety of educational settings. My experience with a range of subjects from beginning reading for pre-schoolers to advanced math for university students (including those with specific cognitive impairments and other special needs) has prepared me to work in personalized settings, allowing me to carefully address individual needs and concerns.
My enthusiasm is a wonderful source for student engagement, and I emphasize the development of students’ learning processes through asking questions, discovering solutions, and applying knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant scenarios. Much of my planning, presentation, and assessment incorporates elements from models including University of Kansas SIMs and Differentiated Instruction techniques such as “essential questions”. In addition, my experience with traditional and technology-based education solutions helps me to make learning accessible in and out of my classroom.