I am happy to be back in the Twin Falls area. Back in the 1970's, I attended Morningside Elementary School. In the early 1980's, I entered college working towards a theatrical arts degree. After a long career as an actor, I started my teaching career in Wyoming where I taught Sophomore College Preparation English in Evanston, Wyoming. I have 8 children, 2 were diagnosed with autism. Out of concern for them and others, I returned to school to earn my Master’s degree in special education. I then started teaching within a self-contained behavior classroom in Rawlins, Wyoming. I’ve been helping and teaching students with a disability since 2005. In 2014, I moved my family back to Twin Falls and started teaching in the S.T.E.P. classroom at Twin Falls High School. It has been a delight being back home and around family again. I am currently working on another Master's degree. This time it is in educational administration.
Education & Credentials
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This class will deal with the following topics: decision-making, goal setting, problem-solving, coping with stress, coping with emotions, negotiating, friendship, interpersonal relationships, empathy (concern for others), critical thinking, creative thinking, resisting peer pressure, assertiveness to prepare students to be successful outside of the STEP classroom and to assist them in transitioning into employment or college after high school. Students will be required to participate in group discussions, oral reading, and individual projects.
STEP English is an English course that integrates the study literature that's geared towards comprehension and writing that is centered on organization, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, conventions, presentation, and critical thinking. The focus is on reading literature with insight and writing with purpose. Through reading, listening, speaking, viewing, and writing, the course assists students in preparing for college or employment.
This course traces a basic history of the United States from the arrival of the first Americans through the end of the 19th Century. It examines European, Native American, and African interaction in Colonial America. I will investigate the Revolution, the New Nation, the Constitution, the War of 1812, the development of democracy, the West, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Industrialization. It will include a multicultural perspective with the use of readings, videos, and class discussions. Skills will include interpreting charts, primary sources, political cartoons, and other historical documents and research.
STEP Advisory is an advocacy class where individual attention is given to each student’s success within each and all of their classes as well their own personal goals. Individual lessons are geared towards heightening the educational experience at TFHS. Time is also given for students to work on assignments from previous classes with staff tutoring and assistance.
STEP Math incorporates basic math skills, consumer math skills, fundamentals of algebra, and algebra A & B skills depending on the individual student’s ability and needs. Each student works through their individual scientifically based instructional textbook with staff assistance and coaching.
STEP Developmental Science is an earth science class that studies the scientific method, earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering and formation of soil, erosion and deposition, earth’s history, fresh water and oceans, atmosphere, weather, climate, ecosystems, solar system, stars, galaxies, and universe. Students will be taught using an online text, videos, online subject interactions, class discussions, worksheets, hands on items/projects, quizzes, and tests.