Master in Teaching.   The Evergreen State College:  June 2011.

Endorsements:  Elementary, Mid-Level Humanities, Reading.

B.A., Liberal Arts.      The Evergreen State College:  June 1990.

Certification and Memberships

  • Washington State Teacher Certification # 481459F
  • International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Continuing Education

  • 4-MAT training, July 2011; online webinar series with Dr. McCarthy, originator of the 4-MAT strategy for lesson planning.
  • National Council for the Social Studies 2012 Convention in Seattle; attended sessions including reaching students with special needs, assessment and grading strategies, using technology in the classroom, and incorporating music into social studies.
  • (registered for) June 2013 “Daily Five” and “Cafe” workshops in Tacoma, WA. The Daily Cafe website and books suggest ways to teach and assess language arts and mathematics.

Teaching Experience

2011 October – Current

  • Substitute Teacher  ESD 113,  and Mary M Knight, Pioneer, Rainier and Shelton School Districts, WA

From January 2013 to March 2013 taught 7th grade mathematics for approximately 11 weeks as a long-term substitute. Four classes of 7th grade mathematics, one elective and a half-hour extension period.

2011 March – June

  • Student Teacher, Griffin School, 5thgrade, Olympia, WA.
    • Developed 3-week Poetry Unit aligned with Washington State standards
    • Taught 4-week United States Revolution Unit culminating in student reports and presentations to parents

2010 Sept – November

  • Student Teacher, Meeker Middle School, 7thGrade Language Arts, Tacoma, WA.
    • Developed 5-week storytelling unit that incorporated reading, listening, research, writing, and presentation skills
    • Implemented weekly “Readers Workshop” focusing on student awareness and use of comprehension strategies

2010 January – June

  • Teaching Practicum, Oakland Bay Junior High, 8th Grade Language Arts, Shelton, WA.

2007 Sept – June 2008

  • Volunteer, Parkside Elementary, 1st Grade, Tenino, WA.

2006 January – Current

  • Volunteer, Griffin School, 1st – 8thgrades, Olympia, WA.
    • 6th grade: Creative writing development and instruction: narrative, poetry, “micro-literature” and history classes
    • 7th grade: language arts/history classes
    • 8th grade: gardening/science class
    • 1st grade: beginning reader support, one-on-one

Publications and Presentations

Master’s Paper, internal conference proceedings, The Evergreen State College

Sample Lessons:

TwitLit An introduction to short, SMS-length writing (140 characters). This is a Haiku Deck presentation, created on an ipad and uploaded. An adjacent deck I created demonstrates the process I go through when distilling information for a specific audience. At many more pages and less fluid, I abandoned that one in favor of this.

References Available on Request