A.K.A "Ms. K"
"Teaching is a true passion of mine -- it is exhausting, thrilling, trying, rewarding, and hilarious all rolled into one."
Teaching Experience: I am a Behavior Interventionist and this will be my 7th year of teaching; my first, here, at Pioneer Trail. The past 6 years I have been at Thomas Jefferson Middle School which is where our Gray Wolves go on to for middle school. My first 5 years of teaching I was a special education co-teacher, meaning I had a caseload of kiddos but worked inside of the general education classroom with them 95% of the time. I was like a second teacher as I helped deliver content and do classroom management, but also differentiated work for my caseload kiddos. I worked with students who primarily had learning disabilities, behavior deficits, ADHD and Autism. Last year I taught 7th grade Language Arts and learned a lot from working as ‘the’ regular education teacher. I loved my group of kiddos and especially enjoyed getting to build relationships with all 100 of them - my favorite was our “Minute to Win It” classroom community challenge day. I know my past experiences in both special education and general education will help me tremendously as I endeavor into this new role because I will ALWAYS remember that students all learn in different ways, grow at different paces and have lived a life far different than I. Together, I believe these differences create an environment in which the students and I can both learn from each other and grow into functioning citizens. I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in both Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (1-6) at Lincoln University. In 2016 I obtained my Master of Education degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University.
Teaching Beliefs: With that being said, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make learning a positive experience for students. Too often, students don’t know how to voice their opinion on things which causes 'behavior problems.' I strive to give students the opportunity to talk things out with me so that we can understand other's point of view, learn how our actions may make others interpret things differently than we mean and grow from these moments to continually become a better person. Also, I am excited to work with teachers and help them create positive, lasting relationships with students.
Life Outside of Teaching: I was born and raised in a small, country based community about 20 miles east of Jefferson City. I was brought up doing things such as fishing, hunting, splitting/hauling wood, and appreciating all of the finer things in life. I was taught the values of honesty, hard work and respect from an early age. Hobbies of mine include golfing with my fiance Matt (although he has played for 25 years and I’m a complete amatuer right now), playing - I mean chasing and pulling out my grey hairs from their adventures - with my puppy Stella and cat Dean (they even have their own instagram), working out (hopefully I can get back into this), cleaning, MUSIC, trying new local eats, and anything related to summer because I absolutely despise cold weather.