With over a thirteen years experience, I have taught 3rd, 5th and 6th grades,
GATE programs, had full inclusion students, and have worked in intervention
programs for at risk students. I am a graduate of California State
University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with my Liberal Studies B.A. and my clear
Multiple Subject CLAD credential. I am working for my National Teacher Board
Certification. I have a GATE certificate for teaching. Sutterville
has won School of the Year twice, and I have won Teacher of the Year at
County History Day competitions. I have been recognized as one of the
Sacramento City Unified 2013 Teacher of the Year.
Our class is centered around The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids. We, the
class, create a learning atmosphere that engages each person's strengths, and
we face challenges that help us grow as people.
One goal in 6th grade is to teach organization. This
includes using planning on a calendar; monthly, weekly, and daily. This also
includes breaking down long term assignments into manageable pieces so
students can give proper time and energy for a solid product.
Another goal is for students to learn communication skills with teachers,
home, and peers since our world is built around global interactions. Sometimes
the communication is pleasant and friendly, and sometimes, students need to
use words to empower themselves or practice tolerance. We use Class Meetings
to practice appreciation, seek peer assistance with problems, and learn how to
make "I" statements in proactive friendships.
In the area of instruction, Common Core Standards are the driving force
behind instruction in our class. I am committed to project based instruction
(UbD) and differentiation. Each student learns to build upon his/her Multiple
Intelligence strengths and access Higher Order Thinking skills. One core tenet
of my teaching belief is that each person can access her/his potential when
given love and expectations. It is through effort and risk-taking anything is
possible: We never give up. Mistakes and failure teach as much as success. The
process of learning, as well as the outcome, is central to education in my