Update (6/1/2011): I have transitioned into a new role at the wonderful school I work for: PK-3 Master Teacher. I have all the same responsibilities as I did as a literacy coach with some additions. I now coach teachers in all subject areas, instead of just literacy. I will be part of an evaluation team. Each teacher in our school will be evaluated by our principal, a master teacher, and a mentor teacher. For more information about TAP, check out their website: TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. I am very excited about implementing TAP!
I am an elementary/middle school literacy coach who is married with one "child," our lazy but adorable cat. I'm in my tenth year of teaching in a small, rural school (there are about 500 students PK-12). I became a National Board Certified Teacher in Reading/Language Arts in 2010. It was a very exciting way to end the year.
Reading is my passion and I love sharing that passion with my students and fellow teachers. I hope that the teachers I coach think of me as a useful resource. I love learning new ways to motivate students to learn. The web has many great resources to get students involved and in charge of their own learning. I want to share that with the teachers I work with.
My first foray into the world of creating on the web was with Wikispaces. I named my wiki Thinking Out Loud. I started the space as a place to store all the wonderful resources I was finding and make it easier to share with the teachers I work with. Then I learned about blogs. I liked the idea of blogging because it was easier to add commentary about why I thought the resource was useful.
I talked about some random things about myself in a post called "7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me."