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Areas of Expertise

  • Incorporate hands on exploration, inquiry, and discussion to improve and heighten conceptual understanding of both math and science concepts.
  • Scaffold students’ efforts to represent their academic thinking, and push them to the next level using manipulatives and tools, discussions, and journal writing.
  • Support and facilitate students’ communication, independence, ability to problem solve and compromise, and to respectfully consider and respond to the ideas of others while working in collaborative groups.
  • Incorporate research and project based learning as a tool to further explore and deepen understanding of content and areas of interest.

Further Education and Training

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IB and Cross Curricular:

  • IB – Inquiry, written curriculum, science, social studies, reading, and writing (3-4 day level 2 and level 3 ibo workshops on each of these topics; 2006-2012)
  • IIM Independent Investigation Method research skills with Cindy Nottage and Virginia Morse; 18 hours (2010-2011)
  • Differentiated Instruction (HISD and SBISD)
  • Exchange City (Junior Achievement, 2003 and 2004)
  • Consistency Management and Tribes (SBISD 2001)

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Science:

  • TMRA (Texas Mining and Reclamation Association) Summer Workshop, Industrial Minerals; July 6-10, 2015; 40 hours (2015)
  • Baylor Summer Institute; 1 week; 30 hours (2014)
  • Baylor Summer Institute; 2 weeks; 60 hours (2013)
  • Loose in the Lab, Don’t Mess with TAKS; 12 hours (2010)
  • NSTA (2009): Issue oriented science led by Lawrence Hall of Science; Brain Based Classrooms; Symposium: Energy, Symposium: The Heat is On! Coral reef ecosystems; Stop Faking It! Energy with author Bill Robertson
  • Lexiles in Science (2009)
  • SECO energy workshop at HMNS (NEED Curriculum); 6 hours (2008)
  • Science Teachers Mentors Program – Rice University (2005)
  • Inquiry Based Science “Beyond the Science Kit” (University of Houston, 2004)
  • TAEE; Environmental Science (1999)
  • FOSS Trainings for: Environments; Solar Energy; Landforms; Variables; Mixtures and Solutions; Magnetism and Electricity (SBISD 2002-2003)
  • TEEAC; Ecosystems of Wetlands, Rivers, and Estuaries (1999)
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education (TAEE) – landscaping with native plants to create schoolyard habitats (1998)

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Math:

  • RUSMP (Rice University Summer Math Program); 128 hours (2015-2016)
  • Introduction to the Revised Math TEKS: Grades 3-5, region 4; 12 hours (July 2014)
  • RUSMP (Rice University Summer Math Program); 4 weeks, 128 hours (2011)
  • Grade 6 Math Academy, 24 hours (HISD, 8/2010)
  • Everyday Counts Math – 4th grade and 5th grade (HISD, 2007, 2008)
  • Everyday Math – 1 week training; 32 hours (McGraw Hill and University of Chicago, 2006)
  • TEXTEAMS Math Camp and Texas Mathematics Initiative Academy (Region IV, 2006)

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ELAR:

  • ELA Summer Writing Workshop Grades 6-12, 1 week, 30 hours (HISD 7/2009)
  • Walloon Institute (2008): Writing Workshop in the 5th Grade Classroom with Jim Voight (6 hours); Reading Strategies with Stephanie Harvey (6 hours);Literature Circles with Smokey Daniels (6 hours)
  • 6 Traits – Northwest Regional & SDC in-service, 18 hours (2006 and 2007)
  • Neuhaus; Multisensory Math; Multisensory Grammar; Alphabetic Phonics, and Scientific Spelling (Summer 1997, 60 hours)

Work History

Jul 2014Present

5th Grade Vanguard Math/Science Teacher

Oak Forest Elementary
  • Develop Math instruction based on TEKS using a variety of print and online resources such as EveryDay Math, GoMath, Motivation Math; IXL, LearnZillion, and Reasoning Minds .
  • Use data from assessments and benchmarks to guide next steps in instruction.
  • Differentiate pacing, assessment, process, environment, and materials to meet the needs of all students, G/T, Regular and Special Education, and ESL.
  • Develop Science instruction based on TEKS with a focus on hands on and inquiry to help gain an understanding of science content using a wide variety of resources such as FOSS, AIMS, Stemscopes, and Region 4.
  • Connecting the concrete, hands on experiences with the abstract, using, again, a variety of print and online resources created by other teachers on TPT, note taking, graphic organizers, Region 4, Stemscopes, and Edusmart.
Jul 2012May 2014

5th Grade Math/Science Teacher

Walnut Bend Elementary
  • Develop Math instruction based on EveryDay Math Program components, TEKS, and Accelerated Math.
  • Use data from assessments, EDM, AM, and benchmarks to guide next steps in instruction.
  • Differentiate pacing, assessment, process, environment, and materials to meet the needs of all students, G/T, Regular and Special Education, Refugee, and ESL.
  • Facilitate students working in collaborative groups.
  • Deliver instruction to at-risk, Special Education, Regular Education, Refugee, and ESL students with a wide range of developmental levels.
Jul 2005Jun 2012

4th-5th Grade Vanguard Teacher/Self-Contained

River Oaks Elementary School
  • Developed Math instruction based on 5th and 6th grade EveryDay Math Program components, AIMS problem solving, and TEKS.
  • Developed ELAR instruction based on Stephanie Howard’s Strategies that Work, Nanci Atwell’s Reading Zone, Writing in the Middle, and Lessons That Change Writers, and Units of Study for Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins.
  • Developed Science and Social Studies instruction based on TEKS, FOSS and STC, AIMS, History Alive! Program components, content-area reading comprehension strategies, and inquiry.
  • Collaborated with peers in 4th and 5th grade to develop and deliver units of inquiry for each transdisciplinary theme.
  •  Facilitate and scaffold students’ work on their PYP Exhibition unit as they identify and investigate a real life issue or problem, and to use their knowledge to come up with a course of action that offers possible solutions.
  • Delivered instruction to identified G/T, Special Education, General Education, and ESL students.
  • Differentiated pace and content to meet the needs of all levels, with an emphasis on moving students into higher levels of curriculum.
  • Served as Team Leader 2006-2010
  • Served on PTO board as Teacher Representative 2008-2010
Jul 2001Jun 2005

5th Grade Teacher Self-Contained/Team (Reading and Science)

Frostwood Elementary
  • Collaborated with peers to develop science instruction based on FOSS program components, SBISD curriculum, and TEKS.
  • Developed ELAR instruction based on Stephanie Howard’s Strategies that Work, Book Club by Taffy Raphael, and Nanci Atwell’s Lessons That Change Writers.
  • Incorporated 6 Traits writing strategies to develop student writers’ abilities to use stages of the writing process to address appropriate audience, purpose, mode, and word choice.
  • Served as Team Leader and CIT representative for 5th grade.
  • Coordinated a student service organization including safety patrols and Teacher Assistants.
Jun 1999Mar 2000

4th Grade Teacher/Writing

Oates Elementary School

  • Delivered writing instruction to all 4th grade classes.
  • Delivered writing instruction to develop struggling, developing, and proficient writers’ use of the 6 traits to improve their writing abilities.
  • Developed and delivered science and social studies instruction to my homeroom.Delivered instruction to at-risk, special education, regular education, and ESL students with a wide range of developmental levels.Served as grade level chair.
Jul 1996Jun 1999

4th Grade Teacher/Self-Contained

Valley West Elementary School, Houston
  • Delivered writing instruction to develop struggling, developing, and proficient writers’ use of the 6 traits to improve their writing abilities.
  • Deliver instruction to at-risk, special education, regular education, and ESL students with a wide range of developmental levels.
  • Incorporated hand-on experiences and collaborative group work across the curriculum.
  • Served as Grade Chair, Science Point of Contact, Curriculum Alignment Coordinator, and SDMC Committee member
Jul 1995Jun 1996

4th Grade Teacher/Self-Contained

Cornelius Math and Science Academy
  • Developed and delivered instruction in all content areas to a 4th grade magnet class of at-risk students with a wide range of developmental levels.

Education

Jan 1991Jun 1995

Bachelor of Science

University of Houston

Certifications

ESL

HISD

Gifted and Talented

HISD

Elementary Grades 1-8 and Elementary Art

TEA