By Teachers, For Teachers
Kress Elementary School
Wife, Mother, and Grandmother of three beautiful children.
Third grade teacher in Texas for 20 years; Elementary technology specialist for 3 years.
My goals are to collaborate with students and colleagues to build meaningful and engaged 21st century learning environments and to create and coordinate integrated and interactive curriculum.
My goal after teacher retirement is to expand my consulting business by training other teachers in technology best practices, specifically the integration of the SMART Board.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Springer. She was kind, caring, and compassionate and she instilled in me the love of reading.
What are three things every teacher should own?
Three things every teacher should own besides comfortable walking shoes and a sense of humor are patience, perseverance, and persistence.
If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
If I could have any person as my principal, I would choose Bill Gates. He’d be able to share and fund his passion for technology in education with the other stakeholders.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
One profession I’d like to attempt would be a professional pianist. It wouldn’t matter if I were a classical, contemporary or country-western artist; it would be fantastic to earn a good living with my talent.
Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
I love using my SMART Board and Notebook Software for all subjects and students really enjoy the interactive lessons, so to choose just one, it’s next to impossible.
But after much deliberation, I’d choose the Johnny Appleseed unit that coincides with his late September birthday. It’s a cross-curricular thematic unit that blends apples, folklore, vocabulary, fact/opinion, games, writing, art, math, and many online activities into an engaging week of learning.
What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
The greatest misconception about teachers is that we don’t work during the summer months.
What stereotype about teachers is true?
Teachers have class!
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
When I was in the third grade, I wanted to be a third grade teacher when I grew up. Fifteen years after receiving my B.S. in Elementary Education, my dream came true in mid-year. The local third grade teacher resigned and I was chosen to take her place. I’ve been in the same classroom ever since. I love my job.