Specializing in all things literacy and STEM, I am currently in my fifteenth year of teaching in Oklahoma. I spent 10 years in the general education classroom teaching first, second, and third grade. I am now serving as a Gifted Resource Coordinator for early childhood students, teaching Gifted and Talented, STEM, Math Enrichment, and Advanced Literacy “Book Clubs” for Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
I love to step outside curriculum and enrich my students’ learning experiences whenever possible! I have a passion for creating innovative products to meet the needs of my students while fostering memorable and engaging learning experiences. Teaching is my true calling, and I cannot imagine doing anything else!
I am a National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist. I was given my greatest professional honor as Roosevelt Elementary Teacher of the Year and Norman Public Schools District Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. I was also honored to serve as an Oklahoma City Thunder Teacher of the Game in 2013, with my entire class of sweet third graders cheering me on from the stands! I have my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma. When my own children are older, my “dream” is to work on the district or university level in curriculum development. I also have a passion for mentoring student teachers and new teachers, and lead my new teacher committee in my building. I have the privilege of presenting for Teach Your Heart Out and the National Science Teacher Association. I’ve also presented STEM for Staff Development for Educators at the national I Teach 1st Conference as well as Get Your Teach On: Chicago.
I have been an author for Teachers Pay Teachers since 2013. Creating resources for other teachers and students brings me so much joy! TpT has very quickly turned my favorite hobby into a rewarding business.
I have the blessing of teaching part time, so that I am able to spend precious time with my little ones at home. Ellie 7 and is in first grade at the school where I teach, and Beau is 4. I have been married to my college sweetheart and love of my life, Andy, for 12 years. We love going to old school concerts together and visiting our family lake house at Lake Texoma whenever possible!