English/Language Arts Math Home Economics Technology
My Philosophy All learners can learn when a teacher is willing to differentiate instruction.
My Community I coach and mentor teachers from various school districts in eastern Washington on a EETT grant called NO LIMIT (New Outcomes: Learning Integrating Math in Technology. The focus of the grant uses Professional Learning Communities of teachers working to increase student achievement in their grades 5-9 classrooms. My workspace is at the Educational Service District 101 in Spokane WA, however the majority of my time is spent in the schools working with teachers and students.
My Environment Of the 59 school districts that ESD 101 serves, seven received the NO LIMIT grant. Three of these districts (Ritzville, Tekoa, and Wellpinit)will be my major focus. However my counterpart,Brent Howard, and I will collaborate on the various elements of the professional development.
My Roles and Responsibilities Math and technology is the focus of the grant and my coaching/mentoring centers around increasing student achievement through imbedded professional development throughout the school year. Each teacher receives a laptop, document camera, and digital projector the first year along with training to integrate it into the everyday fabric of their classerooms.
My Community Newport School District is located in the Northwest corner of Washington State. Newport is surrounded by lush forests and many lakes. The town is located on the Pend'Oreille River. There is opportunity for skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking and boating. There is a local museum and the community is deeply involved in the arts. Create, a non-profit organization, serves the community by providing training and opportunities in the arts. Create works closely with the school district to enhance the arts program in the school.
My Environment Newport School District served approximately 100 students in each grade level (K-12). We host the Newport Head Start program serving students Birth to 3. Other programs include preschool and a high school alternative program. Sadie Halstead Middle School serves students grades 5 to 8. In addition to the general education program our students are able to access, special education services, Title I services and an Honors program. All students may participate in after school sporting activities.
My Roles and Responsibilities I am currently teaching Title I math and reading. I serve up to 50 students per year in these subject areas in grades 5 to 8.