What I love about teaching first grade is the enthusiasm of the students. First graders have a very unique view of the world. They are extremely observant little human beings, and they notice everything. They are like sponges, soaking up all the stimuli around them, and it is amazing the things they tell me about.
I received my Batchelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am trained in the areas of Reading Recovery, Ortin-Gillingham multi-sensory phonics, and Leveled Literacy Learning. I am a life-long learner and continue to enroll in University classes to enhance my teaching.
I have taught many years in the Hartland Lakeside District in various areas. My most recent position is first grade. I have been an Interventionist in the areas of Reading/Reading Recovery, Math, and Writing. I also taught second grade. Prior to joining this district I taught in Milwaukee Public Schools for four years teaching both second and third grade
I live in Mukwonago with my husband Jeff and my two children. When I am not teaching I love being with my family.
A Day in Our Classroom
Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for ten to fifteen minutes and interact with one another during these purposeful components:
- Greeting Students and teachers greet one another by name and practice offering hospitality.
- Sharing Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
- Group Activity Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
The teacher gives a short lesson on some type of writing skill or strategy.
Student’s develop writing strategies and skills, learn about the writer’s craft, and use writing as a tool for learning and communication. Writing for sustained periods, they explore different genres and formats for a range of purposes and for a variety of audiences.
The teacher gives a short lesson on some type of reading skill or strategy, often focusing on comprehension, fluency, or decoding. Students have the opportunity to practice the skill or strategy during independent reading time in a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts. Early reading may include reading the text, reading the pictures, retelling the story to a partner. During this time, students develop reading stamina and respond to literature.
Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the meaning and structure of words, and the conventions and forms of written language.
Math Expressions provides a rigorous and challenging math program to our students. This model includes direct instruction to build students understanding of math concepts and computations. Concepts are initially presented concretely, or pictorially and then move to the abstract.