Welcome to Fifth Grade Social Studies!
I am proud to be a part of the West Wing's staff from it's inception back in 2005. I began as a substitute teacher, when West Wing was still housed at Anthem School. Shortly thereafater, I worked as a Special Education Teacher for seventh and eighth grade students in the areas of Math and Language Arts, while completing a Master's Degree. In 2009, I moved into fifth grade, where I continue to enjoy teaching year after year.
It is my passion to teach Social Studies, especially to fifth graders, because I love their enthusiasm for learning. When working with students, they are much more than students to me, I visualize them as future citizens, future engineers, entrepreneurs, business people, mothers and fathers. I believe it is my obligation and duty to help our future generations learn how to think critically and to have an opinion. I like to tell my students that it is their 1st Amendment right to have an opinion, so they should learn how to have one. More importantly, the future of our country depends on citizens who care about each other and engage in the democratic process.
I believe that making Social Studies relevant to students’ lives, and making connections to ideas that students are familiar with increases their understanding on the causes and effects of historical events. Examining current events and having conversations at the dinner table will also increase relevance and lead to great discussions. I work hard at creating lessons that are thought-provoking, fun, and engaging.
It is my hope to inspire future generations of responsible, caring, productive and engaged citizens who love their country.