Seventeen years ago, I married my high school sweetheart. His mother was a third grade teacher and so he was experienced at putting up bulletin boards and has tons of patience!
I am the proud mother of five fantastic kids. We are a very busy family!
My Career Path
I went to Northern Arizona University and studied Political Science with an emphasis in the American Legal System. After college, I spent some time working in the state senate, the state attorney general’s office and lobbied for the state supreme court.
After having the twins, I had the opportunity to stay home with my babies and I jumped on it. I will always treasure those years.
I went back to school and got my certificate to teach secondary government. But while finishing my degree, I spent a lot of time volunteering in my kids’ classrooms. I felt at home! My husband didn’t even bat an eye when I announced that I wanted to get an elementary certification! He rocks!
Teaching third grade seemed to truly be my calling. The kids are somewhat independent, but still think that school is cool. They also laugh at all of my ridiculous jokes.
Curriculum and Teacher PD
After many years in the classroom, I was given the opportunity to step out of the classroom to create curriculum and deliver professional development for elementary educators. I miss my students, but I feel beyond blessed to help teachers every day.
I have had the honor of helping over 3,000 teachers in my Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass. I write and publish articles for teachers that have received over ten million views from teachers around the world. I also have the privilege of training teachers through video trainings via Facebook and YouTube that receive thousands of views every week.
I feel like I have the best job in the whole world!
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
Differentiated instruction is a must. I use the workshop model with small group instruction to meet the individual needs of my students.
Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
School should be fun! We party in my class!
I can’t wait to get to know you!