I am a middle school teacher at heart. My first six years of teaching were in Phoenix, Arizona in sixth grade, all content areas. I finished my Master's degree (ASU!) in 2009 and then moved to Chicago, where I found a 7th-8th grade looping ELA position (just west of Chicago). I loved that position, and was able to apply all that I learned in grad school with 7th and 8th graders for four years.
Then I transitioned to Literacy Coach at an elementary school. I learned so much about primary literacy development in a K-5 school. The teachers I worked with at Emerson where so amazing to collaborate with, allowing me to learn all about how our youngest kiddos become readers and writers. I'm forever thankful for the perspective and knowledge I've gained working in an elementary school.
But then, the dream job came to be when a teaching & coaching position became available back in the middle school I was in prior to Emerson, so I'm going back, but now to teaching a 7th - 8th grade Reading-Writing workshop and one section of a special area class on Challenge Based Learning. Then, I will have 2 or 3 additional blocks to coach each day.
I have wanted to be a teacher from as young as I can remember, playing school in my basement with neighbors and cousins and the extra "dittos" my teachers would let me take home. It wasn't until I started teaching that I realized it's the *relationships I get to build with kids, their families, and the teachers working around me that keeps me coming back. People are so important to me, and their stories, experiences, and passions can allow me to facilitate powerful literacy which enables students to use their passions to change the world.
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