Years at Cabrini: 18th year
Degrees: B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of North Texas with a specialty in Reading and a focus in Music and Science
- Middle School Science Certification
- Elementary Ed Grades 1-8
- Reading Certification Grades 1-8
- Paul VI Religion Education certification
- Archbishop Raymond Burke Teacher Recognition Award – May 11, 2010
Why do you enjoy teaching at Cabrini?
I enjoy teaching at Cabrini because it pushes me to be aware of the needs of others. I have to constantly reflect on how I teach and communicate with my students. Many times, this means I must adjust my techniques in a way that works for a particular student or class. My students are my inspiration for creating exciting and interesting lessons and they push me to continue to be a life-long learner.
I am also so glad to be working with professional teachers and administrators who take their job seriously and work hard to provide the best for their students. I love the diversity of our student body and the different experiences that each child brings to our school. To me, Cabrini is a wonderful place for people to grow…students and adults…and I’m glad I to be a part of such a dynamic and encouraging environment.
How would you describe your teaching style and method?
I believe that students learn best when they are in the cortex of their brain. Therefore, I incorporate many activities into my lessons that require student repetition, hand motions, and class chants that keep the whole class engaged. It is hard to be a passive learner in my classroom because you have to continually turn to your neighbor and tell them what you just learned with hand motions. Then, the lesson concepts are tested and explored during group discussions, internet explorations, or hands on activities. When students are engaged and having fun, it is easier for their brains to retain what they are learning.
However, just like adults, students are not always in the cortex of their brain and can easily get emotional or upset. When this happens, no learning occurs. I help my students identify when they are retreating to their brain stem and teach them techniques that get them back to their cortex. This involves breathing exercises, conflict resolution techniques, energizing songs, team building activities and relaxation methods. I firmly believe that taking the time to teach these skills help students focus at school and get more out of their education.