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I LOVE TEACHING AND LEARNING! I don't remember when and how I developed this unwavering commitment to education, but I suspect it has a bit to do with my childhood. I come from a pretty large family. I have six brothers and five sisters. I am the third from the top and the oldest girl. #imtheboss In addition to this, I have four nephews and two nieces. Below is picture a few years old that has all of my nieces and nephews and a few brothers and sisters. 

I am a very proud alum of FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY! #gonoles I graduated in 2006 with Bachelor's and Master's in Special Education. Post graduation I returned "home" to Miami, Florida where I taught a self-contained 6-8 classroom of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. My first year was B-A-N-A-N-A-S... to say the least, but I LIVED and LOVED every single moment. A self-contained middle school classroom brought challenges, but incredible rewards. I developed strong relationships with my students and their parents and I've had the privilege of watching them blossom into adulthood. Below is a picture of me in my first year :-) and attending a high school graduation for one of my students who is currently in college studying to be a vet tech! 

I spent four years teaching students with EBD and during this time explored the inequities in education, which continues to fuel my fire. I moved to north Florida where I served as a founding teacher at a charter school. This was my first general education class and  where I developed a crazy love for FIFTH GRADE! BEST GRADE EVER! As a teacher (and learner) I've continuously pondered  what it takes to expand opportunities for my students and ensure that they are college ready. I can't say I found the answer, but it in searching one word seemed ever present... RIGOR

I taught for two years at the charter school before being called to do something else. While I never thought I would leave the classroom, God had a different plan for me. I accepted a position as a Director of a teacher preparation program. In this role I worked with thousands of beginning teachers from across the country. I've been humbled by the commitment and innovation of the teachers I work with. I've also spent countless hours thinking about the key needs of beginning teachers and landed on two things (not all encompassing). The first is classroom management and systems, and the second is aligning the right level of rigor in lessons.  I did for three years before I was called back to my happy place! The classroom. 

This blog is an opportunity for me to share what I've learned and for teachers that I partner with to share their thoughts. 

I currently live in Jacksonville, Florida where I recently purchased a house with my soon to be husband and fellow educator Jay. We have one fur baby, Monk.


UPDATE: I'm now in New Haven, Connecticut. Bracing the cold and fighting against educational equity. #thehustlecontinues

3 comments:

  1. Wow! Your schedule sounds insane. That is a lot of traveling! I just purchased the Idina Christmas album. It is fantastic! I share your love of Christmas music. Have safe travels.

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