I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (DPI certified elementary grades 1-6) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. My favorite classes ever taken were Ballroom Dance 101 and Introduction to Glassblowing. My minor is in Art, as I started my first 2 years of college at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (1994-1995), studying graphic design and illustration - so, yeah, I can design a pretty mean worksheet. And my stick figures? They even have clothes. I then earned my Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007; my final thesis researched the benefits of Workshop based writing methodologies. I also took a few classes through the Uiversity of Phoenix-online in 2005 while I was deployed to Kuwait City with my former USAF Reserve Unit - the 440th Air Lift Wing while I was supporting Operations Iraqi / Enduring Freedom in order to maintain a current State of Wisconsin Teaching License. Since the completion of my Masters, I have taken courses through the School District of Menomonee Falls to learn AddVantage Math Recover (AVMR), and I maintain my cred requirements for licensure by taking McPherson's courses to stay current on new technology practices.
E-mail is the best way to get a hold of me: firstname.lastname@example.org . I check my e-mail one to 3 times a day during my work hours, and definitely respond to work e-mails from home as well. I also check voicemails at least once daily and will do my utmost to respond to all calls and e-mails within one school day of receiving them.
Weekday Hours: 8:00 am until 4:00 pm
Phone: BF MAIN LINE: 1.262.255.8470
VOICEMAIL EXTENSION: 1005
Daily Curriculum Taught to Students:
COMMON CORE standards
& CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
I have provided district in-service training to professional colleagues on 6-Traits Writing (2000). In 2008-2009 I served as a guest lecturer along with Mr. Michael Harris (North Middle School) at a spring in-service to MPS teachers on brain-based learning strategies at Cardinal Stritch. I served for 5 years on the Ben Franklin Building Leadership Team. I am currently Level II trained in the Jim Shipley and Associates Systematic Approach for Continuous Classroom Improvement. As mentioned above, I am also Level II AVMR trained. I was also a long-standing member of the ELA Committee, but am now seated on the District Science Committee, and the Building Math Committee.
I have been the MC for the Ben Franklin Spelling Bee since 2009; during these same years I have also been a pronouncer for the District Spelling Bee. I participated in 11 of the 14 years of BF Hoops Night by running the Drill Team, and one time Flash Mob Leader, but never as a player (weak ankles).
Lastly, I am proud to state that I am a Veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves (2001-2009). I earned the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5). I served as an Intelligence Analyst for the 440th Air Lift Wing, at General Mitchell International Airport and Pope/Bragg Air Force Base, AFRC. I was deployed in 2005 to Kuwait in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom (OIF / OEF).
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