My hope is that this website will help give you authentic resources in the areas of cross-curricular academics, yet primarily English Language Arts. I want to help Educators and students alike – to improve in the evolution of mastering Literacy; the processes of learning how to read and the pedagogy involved in getting there. This site is for anyone who is a lifelong learner, enjoys proactive literacy, and desires distinct teaching methodologies in English Language Arts. My hope is for you to utilize the teaching resources I will supply in order to help you succeed.
Let me tell you about my background in order for you to trust in what I am sharing. First, I put student’s needs above all else; I know and understand developmental learning milestones of students in Early Childhood Education through Secondary Education; and I understand the importance of the Core Standards we must adhere to are. I have gone to school formally throughout my adult life. I have taken college courses in Education up until May of 2016. Since then, one way that I keep up with Education is with my membership allowing me to view NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) professional webinars. They are superb and I learn a great deal in Literacy Education, obtaining CEU’s.
I went to Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I majored in Elementary Education, where I received my Bachelors of Science degree, certifying me to teach K-5 All Subjects and 6-8 Social Sciences. That was actually a difficult decision because of my love for Early Childhood Education students through Secondary Education students. If you ever witnessed a light bulb ‘go off’ over a first grade student’s head? You may then understand why I went with Elementary Education. It is entirely rewarding! Also, I have 31 credit hours in Graduate coursework in Education at the University of South Florida in Sarasota and Oakland University in Rochester, for K through 12 students.
I have worked with students of all ages for thirty years. I lived out-of-state, in Florida, for almost sixteen of them. While in the Sunshine State, I taught in ECE, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education classrooms during the school year, and always summers. I worked for nonprofits such as the Sarasota Family YMCA in 2005 and Catholic Charities in 2009. Then later, National Measurement and Testing in 2013, where I became published. I enjoyed owning my own side tutoring businesses – both in Michigan (2015) and Florida (2000). I believe in authentic teaching methodologies and curriculum that will engage students using Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. In other words, guiding the student to think critically and to help the student learn, the best way they can, so they may thrive and be successful. I eventually specialized in ACT and particularly SAT prep (2002) because of the many changes going on in Education. Also, I have written curriculum since 1997. The first time I taught my own curriculum was in ninth grade Biology in 1998. My wealth of experiences has allowed me to become an Educational Consultant, as a certified Teacher and published Writer.
I have been home for three years in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In that time, I have worked primarily with middle through high school students and middle school through high school curriculum. Children and literacy; my true loves! I love the processes of learning to read and the steps one goes through in becoming an independent reader, working towards becoming a critical thinker while reading. Most exciting to me is when older students use their critical thinking skills by showing me through their actions by applying them in their everyday lives! It is unbelievably rewarding to see students succeed! Literacy is one of the most vital and fundamental life-changing experiences one can have. I use pedagogical methodologies, reinforced in my Graduate coursework, to developmentally prepare students as critical thinkers. Children are a naturally procuring passion in my life; children, learning, and literacy.
The path that I have taken is original. My experiences in non-traditional, educational roles have helped to shape the person that is sitting here today. In my free time, I enjoy reading & writing, spending time with my friends & family, and I adore animals! Connecting with nature is an absolute must. And, I love my Detroit sports :). Additionally, I like to write in my notebook the story that will become my first book in a juvenile literature series. My intentions are to share accurate information and increase mental health awareness for children.
I have created two programs that are skill-building, progressive in difficulty, three-tiered, scaffolding preparation for the ACT and SAT exams for SkySlate.net. My programs are ones that build upon a student’s established prior knowledge and scaffold in progression for each student. First of all, the curriculum is of excellent quality. The ACT and the SAT are important in a student’s academic career. My three goals for these programs? That students will problem solve their way through life; that students will apply critical thinking skills across the curriculum; and that students will be ready for the exams that may shape their future.
My literacy site is like my baby. I want to nurture it and guide it through growing spurts, adding content until it is fully grown. Then nurturing it some more, and the cycle will begin all over again. Forever growing to meet your needs. My purpose is to offer families, students, and Educators a positive literacy experience. Some of my content will be fun for children and some content will be just for Educators & families. In my blog, Insatiable Educational Soup, I have only just begun to share my ideas. I will also share my diverse lesson plans, engaging activities for the classroom and at home, family-friendly recipes, performance-based assessments, stellar educational quotes, and my own personal book reviews. I will additionally share resources such as lists for books according to a particular need or interest, fundamental writing resources for every grade, study skills tips and ideas, cross-curricular activities, and character-building lessons. And I am particularly excited that I will have Author and Illustrator highlights which are my ‘SuperStars’!
So, as you can see, I have a lot of work to do! I hope you do visit to see my progress, and eventually see the finished product! A literacy-based website for all ages.
Thank you for listening! And happy learning!