I am a teacher, writer, wife, mother, and Jill-of-All-Trades. I haven’t met a challenge I’m not willing to face! With 12 years teaching middle and high school, as well as three years teaching creative writing through a local university’s adult education program, under my belt, my experience is wide and varied. I’ve taught in urban, rural, and suburban middle schools. I’ve also taught at an alternative high school with at-risk students, which was perhaps the most rewarding teaching experience I’ve had.
I’ve also had the pleasure of working with adults embarking on the creative writing journey, something I’m also passionate about. I am a national bestselling author of 14 books (and counting), one of which is top secret and super exciting! Learn more about my books at A Magical Dressmaking Mystery books and Bread Shop Mysteries. The Lola Cruz mystery series will be re-released in January with more books in the series coming next summer!
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I was born and raised in Romania, went through Romanian education all the way through college (graduating with a Romanian-English Language and Literature Arts BA), completed an MA in English at the University of North Texas, and earned my teaching certification through Region XI in Fort Worth, Texas.
Teaching middle school has been part of my life for the past 12 years. Mainly, I have taught 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading. Sporadically, I have also taught Creative Writing, Academic Leadership, and ESL to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
“I get it now!” These are a few of my favorite words to hear in my classroom. When the look on my students’ faces goes from confusion to joyous confidence, my heart is happy.
Among the things I love to do are reading and writing poetry.
BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of North Texas
M.Ed in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University
MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I have fifteen years experience teaching ELAR. I have taught fourth, seventh, and eighth grade ranging from ELL, GT, low socioeconomic, Sped, 504, and struggling students. I have been a trainer of trainers for writing, ELAR department head, ELL campus coordinator, campus technology integrator, professional data-digger (ha!).
MY TEACHING STYLE
I believe that active learning is the key to happy, motivated, and challenged students. I use technology in my classroom because it engages my students and helps me run my classroom efficiently, but I believe there is a time and a place for technology and more is not always better. I also use interactive notebooks to provide more interactivity in my lessons in order to reach all learners.
EC-6 Generalist, 4-8 ELAR, and ESL supplemental