Presentations

In addition to being a freelance writer, I am a veteran early education/elementary educator with a degree in Child Development and Early Education from Vanderbilt and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University specializing in Risk and Resilience. I am a certified (PreK-4) teacher with ESL specialization and a master trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development system. Below are current staff development offerings for teachers and hands-on presentations for students, but I am always happy to create a presentation that is just right for your school’s needs. All presentations are aligned with state and national standards and best practices with an emphasis on active learning and critical thinking.

Current Available Presentations:

Writing Knock-Out Nonfiction: Real life author experience brought to the classroom. Strategies for writing nonfiction that gets kids reading and talking about STEAM. Whole group presentation with optional modeled small group writer’s workshop/writing conferences. (Elementary)

Getting Guided Reading Going: Tranforming classrooms from whole group instruction to small group instruction and independent practice that works. Modeled lessons and teacher consultations and support. (Elementary)

Get Moving With Math: Songs, Books, and Games for active math learning to increase retention and reduce behavior issues. (Preschool/Kindergarten)

1,2,3, Read, Learn and Play With Me: STEAM for the Littlest Learners: It’s never too early to read to babies! Use board books, nursery rhymes and songs to increase vocabulary and learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math, all in developmentally appropriate ways. (Infant/Early Toddler)

Read It, Sing It, Act It Out! Enhancing Read Alouds for English Language Learners: Get the most out of story time using props, songs, and movement, all while decreasing behavior issues. Great for English Language Learners and all young children. (Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten)

Creating Safe Spaces for Children in Crisis: Learn how to set up your classroom and routines for children who need a port in the storm. Activities for relaxation, stress management, and emotional literacy. (Toddler/Preschool/Elementary)

Check It Out: All trainings consist of active, hands on learning. Teachers in 1,2,3 Read and Learn with me practice active reading of boards books for infants. (Videos used with participant consent.)

Member:

Phi Delta Kappa: Harvard Chapter

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Zero to Three

Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators