I taught full-day kindergarten for 14 years and have spent the last 2 years as a kindergarten and first grade strategist working all over my district. I am excited to say that this school year I will be back in my own kindergarten classroom!! While I loved working with kinder and first grade teachers and their students, I missed having a class of my own.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a masters in curriculum and instruction. I am currently working on my doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Texas. I hope to one day teach at the university level. I love what I do and want to pass on all that I have learned over the years to fellow teachers and students!
This idea came from one of my former teammates. Last year, instead of hunting for the Gingerbread Man, we hunted for Chester the Raccoon from the book The Kissing Hand. We read letters and followed raccoon prints around the school (I made black construction paper raccoon prints and taped them in various places all around the school) to learn where places were and who the people in our school were. When we made it back to our room, there were Hershey kisses waiting for us! Go to The Kissing Hand Hunt to download the masters for the letters. They are in Word format so you can replace my staff names with your own.