My Teacher Pathway:
2004-2008: Attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received a degree in Secondary English Education for grades 5-12
2008-2012: Taught 8th grade Language Arts at Rice Lake Middle School in my hometown of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
2010-2012: Completed my degree to become a Middle School Literacy Coordinator/Coach through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. This program is overseen by Irene Fountas of Fountas & Pinnell's Literacy Collaborative and the creators of Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). To be trained with this intensity and expertise was by far the most precious educational gift I have ever been given.
2013-2015: Completed my 316 Reading Teacher Certification through Viterbo University which has prepared me to provide reading interventions to small groups of students or individual students K-12.
2012-Present: Literacy Coach for Rice Lake Middle School. My job responsibilities include (but are definitely not limited to): teaching one section of LA each year (I teach a different grade level each year to collaborate with different teachers and learn about students at different stages of the middle school reading/writing process), coaching teachers one-on-one in their classrooms with a focus on strengthening reading and writing instruction, writing curriculum and helping teachers develop lessons, providing professional development to staff on best practices in reading/writing instruction, facilitating our middle school literacy leadership team, and maintaining literacy resources in our school including our amazing book room, classroom libraries, literature circle supplies, and intervention resources for literacy.
Currently: I am working toward attaining my Master's Degree in education with a reading emphasis.
Consulting: In addition to my job as literacy coach, I am also an Educational Consultant. I provide professional development to teachers in other school districts in middle school literacy, I have facilitated writing workshop experiences for Gifted & Talented students through our CESA, and I've also helped districts implement reading interventions for literacy.
Blogging and TpT: When I was trained as a literacy coach, I developed an immense passion for not only teaching literacy but sharing best practices with other teachers. Blogging was the first time I felt my words having an impact on anyone besides the people I'm in immediate contact with. When I started coaching other teachers, I realized that some teachers don't share the same love that I do of creating new lessons and sometimes want at least a starting point or a practical example of a reading/writing best practice for teaching. My goal in creating the products in my store is to give teachers the tools to teach using a balanced literacy framework. I heard many people say they agreed with the theory of it but had no idea how to put it into action. If sharing my thoughts about teaching and resources I create can shift the way others view teaching reading and writing, then my time spent blogging and creating products for middle school ELA teachers all over the world is totally worth it.
Who I Am:
Wife: I married my husband, a kind, genuine soul, in July of 2015. He owns a personal training studio where he not only helps his clients transform physically but also mentally and spiritually. Tony is my life partner, and we both believe in the phrase "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not enough." It's crazy how once you're married the dreams I had for myself, and the dreams he had for himself became one, and we also created new family dreams that I could have never imagined without him. To have his support and encouragement is everything to me.
Dog/Cat Mom: I am an intense animal lover. My cat, Tiko and dog, Sulley mean the world to me.
Daughter/Sister: I have the best parents (Tim & Linda) and brother (Trevor). My brother is five years younger than me and is a high school math teacher in the same district. It's awesome to have him as a co-worker! We are fans of summers on the lake, the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers, and having fun as a family.