I am currently a 4th grade teacher in South Florida.
I've been in education for 11 years. When I began, in 2001, I was a multi-age (K-1) teacher. What a great way to start off a teaching career! Boy, did I ever dive right into differentiated instruction (long before the term was even common jargon). Talk about meeting the needs of various learners! I had students who couldn't recognize their name and 1st graders who where reading chapter books! Did I mention that my first year teaching we didn't have textbooks? We didn't have Teacher's Editions?!? I didn't know any better :). Phew! So from day one, I've ben making and creating activities for my students.
Later, I moved to South Florida where I began teaching 4th grade. Scary at first, but I didn't realize I was being offered a grade I would grow to LOVE! I taught at this top-ranked charter school in Western Broward County for 4 years.
Then I had an itch, an itch to venture outside the classroom. I packed up my supplies and began training teachers with a well-known writing company here in Florida. I was a trainer for the company for two years - these two years where priceless. I thoroughly enjoyed helping fellow teachers create lessons and achieve goals in writing with their students.
Then the itch subsided... I missed having my OWN kids, my OWN team, my OWN class. That's where I am today. I teach in a charter school in South Broward County with a GREAT group of teachers. My students are AWESOME and I love what I do.
Now I'm ready to share what I do with teachers everywhere. I look forward to learning and sharing in this new community of teachers.