As an educator, I have quite a diverse experience, teaching grades 3-12 over the past two decades. Most recently, I have enjoyed teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, integrating Social Studies and Science as frequently as possible. As a teacher, it is my belief that literacy is the foundation of all learning! When students are better readers and writers, they are better able to think and to communicate their thoughts, resulting in increased performance in all subject areas!
Literacy is the most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace, and in society. It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life. Literacy also enables students to become active and independent thinkers and lifelong learners, which is empowering! When people are able to function at high levels of literacy, doors of opportunity are opened for them that would not be available otherwise. Above all, literacy is FUN! It feels fantastic to finish a good book, to learn something new, to fall in love with a newly-discovered series or author, or to escape the day-to-day stresses of life by jumping into a brilliant novel!
American singer and songwriter Grace Slick said, "Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe." Nothing is more exciting to me than broadening my students' universes by getting them hooked on a fabulous book, a wonderful series, an amazing author, or a notebook full of blank pages just waiting for the student's own writing! So join me on a journey of inspiration, motivation, and affirmation as I strive to help you help your children and your students fall in love with literacy!