Intermediate Sage Instructor
- Northland Innovation Center
- (816) 321-5350
Developing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive curriculum integrating technology and strategies to promote higher level thinking skills while differentiating for student interests and abilities
Planning project-based learning units, daily lessons, and experiences to meet Common Core Standards, NAGC National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education and ISTE Student and Teacher Standards
Imbedding affective learning skills, learning modality principles and student interests into group and individual instruction to maximize learning and meet the unique learning needs of each student
Collaborating on projects and blogging with classrooms around the world to share student learning, develop global awareness and understanding, Internet safety skills , digital literacy, and citizenship
Collaborating with the regular classroom teacher to support instruction, enrichment and differentiation
As the gifted instructor for all four middle schools in our community, I l lead an online, offsite and onsite course that partners with local business and organizations. Heartland Health, Kit Bond Incubator, Altec Industries, EmPowerU, and the MWSU Steven L. Craig School of Business have helped SJSD GATE develop a rich curriculum for the students. The curriculum is grounded in relevancy, entrepreneurship, leadership, engineering, math, science, and design thinking - all focused on the community.
As Department Chair, I developed professional development sessions with my department. I gathered data about school improvement measures. I also represented my department on our school leadership team.
I have taught Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, and TAG Science Investigations in my time at Benton High School.
As the Assistant Cross Country coach, I help the head coach organize practices, and I help my athletes with any issues they are having with training. I run with the girl's team when possible, and I also run with them outside of the season when possible.
As the Assistant Track Coach, I worked with the distance runners throughout the season.
At Lafayette High School, I taught several science courses. I taught both Honors and non-honors Biology, Principles of Chemistry and Physics, Honors Zoology, Honors Botany, TAG Science Investigations, and the ACT Preparatory Course.
As the Head Cross Country Coach, I designed practice schedules for my athletes, organized home meets, and worked to establish team relationships with parents and the community. I ran with my athletes during the season whenever possible, and I also ran with them off-season as well.
I will graduate with my Master's of Science Degree in Gifted and Creative Education this May.
I received my 15 hours of Masters level coursework in Gifted Education. This coursework was necessary to obtain my gifted certification for the state of Missouri.
I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I graduated with honors and received my degree in English Education. I minored in Biology.