Welcome! This is my eleventh year of teaching and my third year at Farmington Elementary School. In 2004, I earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois. In 2006, I earned a teaching certificate and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois.
For the first eight years of my teaching career, I taught first grade in both Illinois and Wisconsin. I am excited to teach kindergarten this year!
I use a workshop instructional approach. Students receive a brief whole group mini-lesson (about 5-10 minutes) on the carpet together, based on the standards being taught, as well as results of formal and informal assessments. After the whole group mini-lesson, students work independently and then in partnerships to practice the skills taught. During students' independent and partner time, I teach students individually and in small groups. Finally, the workshop time ends with a brief share session (5-10 minutes), where students have the opportunity to share their thinking work and strategies.
This year, your child will learn to set individual, as well as classroom goals, and monitor his / her growth as a learner. As a class, we will pick ways to practice particular skills in order to meet our class goals. Students will also set individual goals, as well as action steps to achieve their goals, and will monitor their individual progress. One way children will keep track of their growth as learners is through their own data binders. Data binders will be shared at parent/teacher conferences, and will also be sent home throughout the school year for students to share their progress with their families.
I thank you for your partnership in your child's education. Your support at home makes a tremendous impact on your child's growth as a learner. I welcome any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me, via email, notes, or phone calls.