I have been very blessed to have many amazing teachers in my life. I knew from a very early age that I would be a teacher. As a child, I would pretend to be the teachers for the toddlers at my grandmother’s day care. She had a large 8 foot blackboard. I would take two chairs and make them face each other for a desk for each student. We would practice counting, shapes, and our ABCs. If we weren’t playing school, we were playing banker. I was always the banker or store and would use Monopoly money to set up my bank. In the bank, I would hand write deposit slips and bank ledgers, and in the store, I would write receipts. We had so much fun playing in our pretend world!
My first major school memory is in Kindergarten. We were practicing writing our numbers and my teacher, Mrs. Hinegardner, wanted us to write to 100. I remember writing to 100 very quickly so I could get my “I can write to 100 crown”. I guess I caught Mrs. H off guard at how fast I wrote, because I remember her telling me I should see how far I could get. Before the end of math class that day, my crown had an extra 0 added to the end. I remember being so proud that I made it to 1000. The numbers and patterns just made sense in my head.
I remember later in elementary school sitting at the back round table working on math. I didn’t realize it then, but my teachers were differentiating instruction for me. The two other students and I were advanced in math and got to work at our own pace out of the textbook for the next school year.
In high school, instead of going to a study hall, I opted to go to the elementary school (it was literally across the street) and help the math teachers. I would grade, make bulletin boards, tutor students – whatever they needed. As if it wasn’t already very obvious, this was when I realized I wanted to be a teacher.
After high school, I moved away from my small town to go to College. I attended the College of William and Mary and majored in Mathematics. My junior year I was accepted into the W&M School of Education. During this time I did my student teaching in Williamsburg, Virginia. My cooperating teacher, Terri, quickly became a great friend. She was so amazing to watch. She had a way with connecting to her kiddos and making the lesson so real to them. My senior year, she moved to Central Office to become the Math Curriculum Coordinator and I was hired to replace her – what a treat that was! After graduating from W&M in 2005, I stayed at my school for 3 more years. All the while, I was working on my Masters of Science in Education as a Math Specialist.
After 3 years, I left my school to work at W&M on a one-year grant funded program as a specialist for inner-city schools struggling to make AYP and meet state accreditation. In April of that year, I married my husband; in May, I graduated with my MA.Ed; and in June, I moved to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and started looking for a new teaching position. Currently I teach in another small town in Virginia – I am the Math Specialist and get to work with teachers (and their students) for the entire day!
I recently started selling on TeachersPayTeachers and am having a blast sharing my ideas, games and activities with other math teachers around the world. Please continue to join me, here on my blog as I continue to try and MAKE MATH FUN!
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