I have been teaching for 19 years.
Masters in Instructional Design and Technology, Online Learning emphasis
Multiple Subject Credential, Single Subject (English) Credential
National Faculty, Buck Institute of Education
Profiled Educational Technology Leader, U.S. Department of Education, 2013.
San Gabriel Valley Outstanding Computer Using Educator, 2009
California Regional Teacher of the Year, 2004
Fellow of the National Writing Project
Google Level 1 Certified Educator
Author: Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement
Author: DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History
Author: DIY Project Based Learning for Math and Science
Author," 'Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers," EyeOnEducation Publications, 2011.
Author, "Writing Behind Every Door: Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas," Routledge Publishing, 2013.
Author, "Internet Literacy," (grades 3-8), TCR, 2010.
Author, "Project-Based Writing," (grades 3-8), TCR, 2013.
Author, "Nonfiction Reading Comprehension for the Common Core," (grades 1-7), TCR, 2014.
Blogger at the following websites:
www.edutopia.org (The George Lucas Educational Foundation)
The Huffington Post
I am married to my husband, Royce, whom I met in 2nd grade, after karate-chopping him at recess. We have two crazy-wonderful sons: 12 year-old Benjamin and 7 year-old Samwise (yes, like the Hobbit). The only other female in the house is our boxer/corgi mix, BiggyShorty: The Wonder Mutt.