Balanced Literacy, Reader's Workshop, Interactive Read Aloud,Guided Reading , Literacy Workstations , Shared Reading , Literature Circles, Writer's Workshop, Mini Lessons , Modeled Writing, Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, Conferencing, Word Study, Word Wall, Making Words, Nifty Thrifty Fifty, Developmental Reading Assessment, Running Records, Fountas and Pinnell Classroom, Leveled Literacy Intervention, Benchmark Assessment System
My background is: Assistant Principal, Educational Support Specialist, 1st grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Master Teacher (K-2), ESL teacher, Literacy Specialist, ELAR Instructional Coach (6-8), Curriculum and Instruction Consultant for Region 10 Education Service Center, and Faculty Instructor for Richland College and Collin College. I have a B.S. from Abilene Christian University, M.Ed. in Reading from Texas A&M-Commerce, and my Principal Certification. I am currently an Ed.D. candidate at Southwestern College in Kansas. I am particularly passionate about Balanced Literacy/Early Literacy instruction. I believe in meeting students where they are and propelling them forward on the cutting edge of their learning while creating a love of learning. Fostering independence and instilling confidence to create life-long learners is paramount. On a personal note, I have been married to my husband, Lee, for 21 years. We have a beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Eden, who will is in the 11th grade. I have completed 7 marathons (5 Dallas White Rock Marathons, 1 New York Marathon, and 1 Chicago Marathon). I ran the New York Marathon to celebrate my 5-year breast cancer-free mark. I am blessed to celebrate 13 years cancer-free this year.