West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Florida (1986)
Valencia State College, Orlando, Fl (1988) A.S. in Elementary Education
University of Central Florida, Orlando Fl (1990) B.S. in Elementary Education
University of Central Florida, Orlando Fl (1992) Graduate work in Early Childhood Education
In Middle School, I went to a brand new school. We had to go double session with Teague Middle School, because they were building our new school and hadn't finished building. Teague students got to go school EARLY in the morning, and we got to go to school and stay late. We didn't have any special classes, because there wasn't enough time in the day. After Christmas vacation we were able to move into our new school, Rock Lake Middle School. It was so exciting to be in the new school. I was part of the first graduating class of Rock Lake. When we graduated we had a party, and we all got a gold cup with our school's mascot and the date on it. I still have the cup. My most difficult year was 7th grade.
This is my sixth year at FLMS, but I have been teaching for 25 years. The majority of my teaching experience has been in FL. I moved to Tennessee in 2010, and absolutely love the change of seasons and the slower pace of each day. I look forward to continue to grow as a teacher and forever learner.
At FLMS, I teach English to those that grew up speaking another language. I am very familiar with students with a second language, because in FL many students in my classes either spoke Spanish or Creole before they learned English. In my last class I had 7 different languages in my classroom; English, Spanish, Creole, Punjabe, Hindi, Madarin Chinese, and Portuguese. It was a challenging, but rewarding year. At the end of the year, we were all able to communicate with each other in many different ways. We had used the universal languages of movement, songs, pictures and sign language to learn English together.