Site Visit
On the Thursday before April vacation, Williams Elementary School had their site visit for the Teacher of the Year process. The team spent an hour in my third grade classroom during our literacy workshop. My students were involved in Earth Day persuasive writing. They were passionate about their desire to save the Earth as they wrote to our principal to change our school recycling program, their parents to incorporate new ways to reduce, reuse or recycle at home or even to President Obama to create new laws to save the Earth! We also completed a concept sort related to biographies and an interactive read aloud of the book Teammates. My students were so excited to share our learning with our guests!

The team also met with my colleagues, current and former students and a panel of parents and community members. I have no idea what was said about my teaching that day, but Kevin Grover captured many of the words and phrases about me onto a wordle (word scramble). We often don't take the time to tell our colleagues or our child's teacher the difference they make in our lives. It was a touching day and one that I will always remember!

Professional Portfolio
In the words of Charlotte from Charlotte's Web, my portfolio is my magnum opus! I poured my passion for teaching onto the pages of my portfolio. In the future, I hope to post some sample pages to give you a glimpse into my classroom and my beliefs about teaching.

Professional Presentation
In July, I joined the four semifinalists in Orono to share a lesson or presentation with the university's MAT students. I learned about Kate's inquiry projects with her AP English students, Bill's musical talent as he taught us all how to read notes, Amy's innovative ways to build a classroom community, and Alice's flair for technology.
I shared an iMovie created by my third graders of our rainforest metaphors. The MAT students were an incredible audience and "class" as they worked collaboratively to write metaphors about ecosystems around the world. My personal favorite was that a middle school classroom is a desert due to the harsh conditions! I was also able to share my passion for the looping philosophy and experience with the audience. In thirty minutes, I attempted to capture my beliefs about teaching and my integrated teaching style. It was an incredible day!