I’ve been an elementary teacher in NC since 2003, and have taught every grade from 1st-5th at some point. I’ve taught in Title I, charter, and magnet schools (and at one point, a Title I magnet school of the arts with a year-round calendar). The majority of my experience is teaching gifted students in a self-contained classroom, but I’ve also departmentalized with a team one year (I taught math) and with a partner another year (I taught ELA).
I love to integrate technology into my teaching when it makes sense so that it simplifies things for me, or provides my students with an opportunity that wouldn’t be possible without it. I became a Google Certified Educator, Levels 1 and 2, in June 2017, and was accepted as a Google for Education Certified Trainer in January 2018.
Despite my love of technology, I also enjoy low-tech things, such as reading books, writing with fountain pens, and knitting warm things.
Why A Curriculum Nerd? I love to create new units to teach, and tweak them for future use. My school is part of a personalized learning cohort within my district, and we have 1:1 Chromebooks in my grade level. Canvas has become one of my favorite things. I like to try out new ideas, and attempt to improve upon them for the next time around. I almost never teach the exact same unit twice, even when I’ve taught the same grade level for years.
Why am I blogging? I want to have a consistent way to reflect on my teaching, and an outlet to share ideas (and maybe some materials) with other educators. Feel free to share comments, ideas, and ask for help with G Suite for Education or Canvas.