There isn't time I can remember when I didn't want to be a teacher. I would force my younger brother and sister to play school on Saturdays. When I was in the fourth grade my father brought home a box of carbon paper and I was thrilled at the prospect of being able to make 2 worksheets at once. That's probably where my love for making teaching easy started. I have taught in Chesapeake Public Schools for more than twenty-five years. I taught kindergarten for 15 years. In the fall of 2013, I accepted a job as Reading Specialist of a K-2 school. It is a blessing to help the teachers and students in the school.
As a undergraduate at Longwood College (now University) in Farmville, Virginia, I earned my Undergraduate Degree in Special Education. After several years teaching a K-5 Learning Disabilities Resource Class, I earned my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. My love of teaching struggling students combined with my passion for early literacy led me to become a kindergarten teacher. After 2 decades of classroom work, I earned my Reading Specialist Certificate from Old Dominion University.
I have been in the literacy community in Virginia for the past 2 decades. I served on the Executive Board of my local reading council and my state reading council (Virginia State Reading Association). As the President-Elect of the Virginia State Reading Association, I was the 2013 VSRA Annual Conference Chair. The state-wide conference lasted 3 days, provided workshops for 1000 participants and hosted 100 national speakers and vendors. I have presented for City-Wide Staff Development for Chesapeake Public Schools. I have been a presenter at the Virginia State Reading Association conference in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. I also presented at the North Carolina Reading Conference in 2014 and the Keystone State (Pennsylvania) Reading Association in 2014 and 2016. I presented a workshop for the International Reading Association in Chicago in 2012, in New Orleans in 2014, in St. Louis in 2015 and in Boston in 2016. I am currently honored to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association. (However, this blog is written by myself, based on my experiences, understandings, or practices, with no input from or coordination with ILA.) In 2014, I opened my Teacher Pay Teacher store to share products I have created for my classroom.
I am not usually at a loss for words, but don't ask about reading and writing for emergent and struggling learners, if you don't have a few hours. I love talking about teaching and helping teachers do their best for their students. I enjoy presenting literacy institutes at state conferences, developing and presenting staff development workshops for school divisions, and headlining area reading council literacy conferences. Contact me now to schedule a workshop for your group.
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