- B.A. Hispanic Studies with a minor in Philosophy, The College of William & Mary, Virginia
- M. Ed. Elementary Education, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (through the ACE program)
- Certificate in ENL(English as a New Language), University of Notre Dame, Indiana
I have taught in Jacksonville, FL; Santiago, Chile; and now here in Woodbridge, VA. This is my seventh year teaching.
Fifth Grade: A Time to Grow and Explore
Fifth graders explore the world through a survey of world geography beginning with North America before proceeding to other continents. We study the geographical features, climates, natural resources, brief histories, economics and cultures of regions throughout the world. Students complete research projects on different countries.
In English we study grammar, conventions and explore and practice various styles of writing. Parts of speech are studied in depth and students practice diagramming sentences. This year we are implementing the Excellence in Writing method of writing instruction and students use key word outlines and checkoff lists to assure variety, proper content and correct style are used. A weekly writing prompt is assigned for homework each week.
Novels and short stories form the basis of reading instruction which focuses on literary elements, genres, author’s purpose and analysis of writing. Students are expected to read daily and submit a weekly reading log signed by parents. Students have the goal of reading the equivalent of 24 books a year through a reading response challenge program.