Baby B and my Goldendoodles Colby Jack and Little Hank!
Believe it or not, my first teaching position was in Physical Education. That was probably one of my most memorable years for sure! I only spent one year teaching those K-5 students how to properly shoot a basketball, jump a rope, and bowl a softball to hit a set of Coke two liter bottles, as well as a variety of other physical activities. The next six years were spent in grades 2, 3, and 4 at Rhea Central in East Tennessee...my home. I never knew how much I would miss the valley and the Tennessee River, until the year of 2006 when I moved to Clarksville. However, it slowly..............very slowly.......grew on me and Liberty Elementary became my home away from home until 2012. I was honored to have taught many fabulous 5th grade students that walked the halls therein. Although bittersweet, I left Liberty to pursue this new path of Gifted! I am extremely excited and have already grown close to each of my students. I look forward to this year and our time together!
College Background Bachelor of Arts in Psychology- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1999 GO VOLS! Master of Arts in Teaching- Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, 2001 Educational Specialist with focus in Instructional Leadership- Tennessee Technological University, 2004 Tennessee Employment Standard for Gifted and Talented Students- Vanderbilt University, 2013 Awards/Honors Distinguished Classroom Teacher, Liberty Elementary School, 2009 Teacher of the Year, Liberty Elementary, 2009 Teacher of the Year, Liberty Elementary, 2010 Teacher of the Year, Liberty Elementary, 2011
There are six itinerant Gifted elementary teachers in Clarksville Montgomery County Schools. Each one has varied background and training in the field of gifted education. Each teacher travels to either three, four, five or six elementary schools. Instruction is given to students primarily in reading and mathematics.
The Gifted Program Curriculum
Reading - The Junior Great Books series is used for CMCSS Gifted students. Students read a story, reread for a purpose and develop interpretive and evaluative questions to ask peers, then participate in a shared inquiry discussion. This is like a socratic seminar where students are engaged with each other. They must find evidence for their answers, and they learn to agree and disagree with each other using accountable talk.
Reading Follow-Up - Stories are followed up with various activities to match classroom grade standards.
Math 1st through 5th Grades - These students practice math problem solving strategies mainly through programs offered by "Interact-Simulations" and Project M2 and M3.