I began my teaching career in an alternative school teaching sixth grade. To gain a seat in my classroom a student had to be expelled from the regular school program. I learned more from these students than any college program ever could. I quickly learned that if you show your students respect then your discipline problems are minimal. I can never repay my students for the memories and lessons I learned those first few years.
I left the alternative school to move to Greenville, SC. I taught fourth grade while working on my masters. I graduated with a M.A. in education with a concentration in reading. I spent the next seven years in fourth grade, followed by three years in fifth grade.
When I got married, my career moved to Atlanta, GA. Here I taught third grade and EIP (Early Intervention). While teaching I got my EdS in School Library Media with Instructional Technology Certification.
After having two children rather quickly I now have the pleasure of teaching my two babies every day. My teaching career in schools has been put on hold, but I still stay immersed in the trends and ideas as I create lessons and units for my Teachers Pay Teachers store.