Susie Owens

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Susie Owens, she’s been teaching second grade for 14 years! Even though she admitted teaching was a second career choice for her, she didn’t waste any time before making a huge impact on students. She currently teaches at Fremont Elementary School in Nevada, but if she wasn’t a teacher she’d go back to her past career of being a roulette dealer at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Keep reading to learn how she avoids burnout after all of her years in the classroom.


 

What subjects have you taught?
I teach elementary so Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Writing

What grades have you taught?
2nd

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to travel.

How do you avoid burnout?
I make sure to take at least one weekend day just for me and my family.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
The kids!

Why did you start teaching?
Teaching was a second career choice for me. I did not start teaching until I was 49 years old! I love to be around kids and to help them to become their best selves.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
BREATHE!

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What is your favorite book on education?
Phonological Awareness tools and strategies

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
ASK QUESTIONS!

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I was a roulette dealer at the Bellagio Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Each year when my class finally masters addition/subtraction with regrouping.

What is your favorite quote?
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
One of my goals is that every child in my class knows that they are important and they matter.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I like the reports features, especially item analysis.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
They CAN do anything!

What is your dream vacation?
A hut over the water on Fiji.

Featured Teacher:
Amber Denbo

March 30th, 2019

 

Amber Denbo

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Amber Denbo, she’s been teaching second grade for 15 years and has experience as a teacher and an instructional coach! She currently teaches at Oswego Community Unit in Illinois and has taught almost all elementary school subjects. She originally planned on being a biologist, but fell in love with teaching after volunteering to teach field trip groups at a local nature center. Keep reading to find out what her most memorable moment in the classroom is.


 

What subjects have you taught?
All subjects-I’m an elementary school teacher!

What grades have you taught?
1st Grade as a teacher, Grades K-5 Math as an instructional coach

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Reading!

How do you avoid burnout?
Spending a lot of time with my family

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Connecting with students and having a positive impact on their daily lives.

Why did you start teaching?
I originally planned to be a biologist because I thought teaching would be too hard of a job. While I was in college as a biology major, I volunteered to teach field trip groups at a local nature center. I fell in love with teaching and eventually got my degree in biology and environmental education. However, I found that as an environmental educator, I didn’t get to know kids or connect with them long term, so I decided to go back to school to become a classroom teacher.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Talk less. Smile more.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons

What is your favorite book on education?
Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Build strong relationships with your students. The rest of it will fall into place.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Something else working with kids—potentially a child advocate for foster kids or something along those lines.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
I was sitting around a table with a small group of kids for reading and the first grades were being extra silly that day. I asked them to turn off their silly switches. One of the most serious kids in my class reaches up and pretends to shut a switch on and off and in a no nonsense manner says, ‘Sorry Mrs. Denbo my switch is broken.’ It is the first and only time that I laughed so hard I cried with my student.

What is your favorite quote?
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” by Henry Ford

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
As a math instructional coach, I am working on getting as many teachers as possible (K-5) to implement number sense routines in their classroom.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
The ease of using the app and teacher reports

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I work with hundreds of students and their teachers each year and the one thing I hope they all get from working with me is to always keep trying new things and don’t be afraid to mess things up! That’s how we learn and grow!

What is your dream vacation?
Anywhere my family is- I’m a homebody and don’t really love to travel, but taking trips with my family is always fun no matter where we go!

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
My proudest MasteryConnect moment has been accepting the ‘Appiest District’ award at MasteryCon in 2016 on behalf of my school district.

 

Jameil Saez Hobson

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Jameil Saez Hobson, not only is he a science and garden education teacher at Kamaile Academy in Hawai’i, he’s also a green thumb who loves to hike in his free time. He loves the GradeCam feature in MasteryConnect because it saves time on grading so he can focus his energy on empowering students to embrace their identities. Keep reading to see how he avoids burnout and what he considers to be the most memorable moment in his teaching career so far!


 

How many years have you been teaching?
4

What grades have you taught?
K-9

How do you avoid burnout?
By surrounding myself with amazing people and going to hikes.

Why did you start teaching?
I wanted to empower students in being proud of their identity and not to always question everything. Inquiry is the basis of science and we must always be open to all possibilities.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never compromise your morals or ideals and always fight for was right.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Fuego en la 23 – La Sonora Poncena

What is your favorite book on education?
Igniting the Sparkle – Gregory Cajete

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Be attentive and learn who are the key players at school. Learn from the environment first before trying to do any major project.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Farmer

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Sailing in the Hokule’a with my students.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
I want to travel to Thailand

What is your favorite MC Feature?
100% Gradecam. It’s been so helpful and is one less thing I have to do.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Never quit and remember that they are warriors.

 

Featured Teacher:
Stephanie Morris

February 11th, 2019

 

Glenn Rogers

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Stephanie Morris, she’s been teaching economics, government and history for 15 years. She currently teaches at Eau Claire High School in South Carolina and when she’s not in the classroom, she likes to unwind on the beach! She started teaching because she enjoys staying close to the community she was raised in. Keep reading to learn how she avoids burnout after all of her years in the classroom.


 

What grades have you taught?
6-12

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Relaxing at a beach

How do you avoid burnout?
Time management and not fretting over the little things. You have to be strict about your boundaries and know that there are only 24 hours in a day.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
When a student who has been struggling, finally gets it.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never send an email while you’re angry.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Happy by Pharrell

What is your favorite book on education?
Shine by Edward Hallowell

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Hang on, it gets better.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Possibly an economist or working a government job. I’ve also thought about being an entrepreneur in the tech arena.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Each first day and each graduation is just as memorable.

What is your favorite quote?
A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot – Joe Vitale

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
To get back in the right mindset to finish my dissertation.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Trackers, they give you a snapshot of how well the students learned the standards.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Learning doesn’t have to be hard.

What is your dream vacation?
Seychelles

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I wasn’t always a fan of MasteryConnect. I looked at it like it was one more thing to do. Now I see the benefit and I don’t know what I would do without it.

Featured Teacher:
Glenn Rogers

January 8th, 2019

 

Glenn Rogers

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Glenn Rogers, a dedicated math teacher at CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School in Connecticut. His passion for teaching started in 10th grade when he helped his classmates with a math problem. He believes math isn’t about finding the right answer, and strives to help his students realize they can solve problems in many different ways. Keep reading to find out how Glenn avoids burnout and the moment he considers most memorable in his teaching career.


 

How many years have you been teaching?
6

What subjects have you taught?
High School and Middle School Mathematics

What grades have you taught?
7th and 9th – 12th Grade

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Go on outings with my family. Take long walks with my dog, Loki. Read some of my favorite comic books. Re-watch all of my favorite Superhero films. Play complex board games with friends.

How do you avoid burnout?
Take personal time out of each day for myself to play a favorite game, read one of my son’s favorite books to him, or watch a funny episode of a show on Netflix.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Watching students grow on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. To see a student change their mindset to achieve their learning and life goals is remarkable. To be a part of that journey is amazing.

Why did you start teaching?
It began when I showed an example of a problem to my classmates in 10th grade. The experience showed me how much I enjoyed helping other people to comprehend mathematics. It was the starting point of my passion for teaching.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Not every lesson is going to go according to your plan. Take note of your accomplishments, watch for the moments of uncertainty, and reflect and recover when mistakes are made.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Walking On a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

What is your favorite book on education?
Visible Learning For Mathematics by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Observe other teachers in your building to gain multiple learning experiences. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions, get help and advice from the people around you. Get to know your students as much as possible; building relationships with students can improve classroom behavior and rapport.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
An actuary

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
On my birthday last year, when I returned to my classroom after walking students back up from lunch my students surprised me with a loud “Happy Birthday” song and a few gifts and cards. I was very surprised and thankful.

What is your favorite quote?
“You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same.” – James Gordon (Batman)

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
To observe more teachers during the day to gain more examples of teaching styles and methods.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Admin Tab – I really enjoy making new items/questions that I can use on daily and weekly assessments

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Mathematics is not always about finding the right answer. It is about seeing how you can solve a problem in different and unique ways.

What is your dream vacation?
Travel to a country that has a mix of history, recreation and relaxation.

Featured Teacher:
Stephen Marks

December 18th, 2018

 

Steven Marks

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Stephen Marks, a dedicated social studies teacher at Evergreen Middle School in Ohio. After teaching for 13 years, Stephen still gets excited about being the leader of his classroom every single day. In the summer when he’s not in the classroom he’s busy watching his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers! Keep reading to find out what book he says all first-year teachers should read and his favorite time-saving MC feature!


 

What is your school and district?
Evergreen Middle School – Evergreen Local Schools

What grades have you taught?
7-8

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Following the Detroit Tigers all summer long.

How do you avoid burnout?
Daily exercise to reduce stress. Trying new things in the classroom to keep things fresh.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
The challenge of being a servant leader on a daily basis.

Why did you start teaching?
To try and make a small positive impact on students each day.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“You are the CEO of your classroom”.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies

What is your favorite book on education?
Conscious Classroom Management by Rick Smith.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Read “Conscious Classroom Management” by Rick Smith before the school year starts. Without skills in this area your instructional skills never get a chance to shine.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
Lawyer or psychologist.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Every time I’ve helped a student surprise themselves in a positive way is memorable.

What is your favorite quote?
The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
90%+ passage rate on my year end SLO test.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I really enjoy the instant item analysis. Great time saver!

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Improved critical thinking skills.

What is your dream vacation?
All 30 MLB ballparks in one summer.

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I work with an awesome team of instructional technology resoure teachers!

Featured Teacher:
Patti Desmarais

November 30th, 2018

 

Nicole

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Patti Desmarais, she has spent her entire teaching career of 34 years at Acton Elementary School in Texas and feels that every year brings a new, exciting challenge. She decided she wanted to be a teacher in 4th grade and has never looked back! Learn more about what keeps her excited about teaching there.


 

What grades have you taught?
Grades 1, 2, 3 and a multi 1-2 looping with them to 2-3

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Snowshoeing

How do you avoid burnout?
I walk most days and do a workout every morning to start my day.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Learning new things. A few years ago, I took a Methods Reading course (which I should have taken years ago) and learned so much. Last summer, I took a Methods Math course in response to the very low test scores. It was amazing to see how much things have changed. I am so much more energized and excited about math now. And seeing the faces of my students when they “get it” is priceless!

Why did you start teaching?
I decided to be a teacher when I was in 4th grade and never changed my mind. I guess it was the influence of teachers that I had.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Don’t overthink things. You know your students, trust yourself.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
I’m not sure. Not very good with the names of songs. I just know that I sing my way to work every morning…alone…in my car…loudly.

What is your favorite book on education?
The text book from my Methods math class. I keep it handy all the time. Of course, it’s at work right now and I don’t have the name of it.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Don’t let people tell you it’s not worth the hard work because you won’t make any money. There is so much rewarding about this work. One former principal put it into perspective, sort of. He told me to hang in there because it was only 180 days a year. Of course, it’s much more than that. It’s hard work, but good work.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would work in a plant nursery.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Looking at my students when everything clicks. And having a former student call me and tell me that she was writing a book because I told her that journaling would help her to keep her feelings in perspective.

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
My biggest goal is to help my students understand math and find a way to help it make sense to them.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I really like being able to author my own items.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Learning is a lifelong skill. Don’t ever stop – I don’t.

What is your dream vacation?
A warm beach for a week with no laundry to do or house cleaning.

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I have been at the same school for 34 years now. My sister once asked me how I could do that. I told her that every year I get a new set of students and a new challenge. I love what I do even when I get tired and don’t want to bring it home every night.


Check back often to meet other amazing educators in the MasteryConnect community!

 

Nicole

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Katherine Karl Anderson, she currently teaches in Cicero School District in Illinois. As a technology resource teacher, she believes that technology in the classroom provides equal opportunities for students. Although she is cutting edge in the classroom, she still likes to throw it back and listen to a good 90s song every once in a while. Keep reading to find out Katherine’s favorite flashback song, and her go-to book on education!


 

What subjects have you taught?
Technology, Biology, Theater, Elementary Subjects

What grades have you taught?
2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to dance… or travel, I can’t decide!

How do you avoid burnout?
I make time for my dog and my husband and reading for fun!

What keeps you excited about teaching?
I remind myself that I am doing this for the kids! Thinking about equitable access for students in my district keeps me going. It is a huge goal but we take it one day at a time.

Why did you start teaching?
I really enjoy students. I love seeing them make connections and be excited about learning. I love the challenge of reaching every student and motivating them to be the best they can be! I also love doing theater with students. Students can grow so much from extra-curricular activities that require dedication but have huge rewards. Even with my little ones, Readers’ Theater became a fun project that allowed them to be so proud of their accomplishment.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Do something you love!

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
Smash Mouth – All Star! “Hey now, you’re an all star…” I was a child of the nineties 🙂

What is your favorite book on education?
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman. Though it is actually a business book, it has really informed my teaching practice. I love the premise: that allowing people to explore and find what interests them, will actually make them engage more, produce more, and learn and grow more. It really sold me on STEAM and the benefits of project-based learning. Students never forget what they did for science fair!

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
It will get better and so will you! Ask for help, ask for advice, ask to be observed; never be afraid to grow.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would want to direct theater or maybe act!

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
My most memorable moment this year was when a 2nd grade boy who wouldn’t take a test on paper, actually thanked me for letting him take a test on a computer through MasteryConnect. And he mastered the content!

What is your favorite quote?
You are your limit!

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
One of my goals this year is to become ISTE certified.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I love the Compare feature (and not just because it looks cool). I love that it can show a teacher how rigorous their instruction and formative assessments are. Teachers sometimes think content is too hard for students but we cannot challenge them enough! They will rise to our expectations.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
Since I am a technology resource teacher, I will tell you a wish for the teachers I work with- I want them to not be afraid of technology. I want them to see how technology is the way that we can provide equal opportunities for our students. I want them to know that they can’t “break it”!

What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is a safari, which I got to experience for my honeymoon two years ago. I would go again!

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I work with an awesome team of instructional technology resource teachers!


A big thanks to our Featured Teachers! Visit our blog regularly to meet other rockstars in the MasteryConnect community.

Featured Teacher:
Kristen Jones

October 31st, 2018

 

Nicole

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Kristen Jones, she’s been an educator for 15 years and is currently an Instructional Coach for Enid Public Schools. Kristen always wanted to be able to share her love for books with others, so she spent the first 8 years of her teaching career as a Reading Specialist. She sees herself as a ‘lifelong learner’ and loves to see growth in the students and teachers around her.


 

What grades have you taught?
K-3

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to read, work puzzles, and travel.

How do you avoid burnout?
I avoid burnout by traveling and spending time with my family.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Seeing growth in students and teachers keeps me excited about teaching. I’m a lifelong learner, so I like to learn about new strategies and then try them out in classrooms.

Why did you start teaching?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I wanted to be in a profession where I could share my love of books with others, so I became a reading specialist.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Don’t ask anyone to do something that you yourself are not willing to do.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
My walk-on song would be “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys.

What is your favorite book on education?
There are too many to choose from! Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry is a really good one.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Grant yourself grace. You won’t get everything right your first year, and that’s okay. Everyone has room to grow!

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would probably be a librarian so that I could be around books.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
The most memorable moment in my career so far was when I made the transition from teaching students to being an instructional coach. I now get to visit many classrooms and support the great work that teachers are doing.

What is your favorite quote?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
One of my goals for this school year is to further data conversations in my district. Whether that’s from the assessment side — making sure our assessments measure what we’re aiming for, or it’s on the results side — analyzing data to plan future instruction. Data is a powerful tool that should be maximized and leveraged to show students’ success.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
My favorite MasteryConnect feature is the district item bank. We’ve worked throughout this last year to establish an item bank specific to our state standards and the options there are endless!

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I want my students to leave my classroom knowing they are a valued contributor to our school. I strive to do the same thing with teachers. I want the teachers in my district to know they are valued contributors to our school district.

What is your dream vacation?
I would love to visit Alaska!

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I am blessed to come to work and do a job that I love every day. I work with and for amazing educators who encourage and challenge me to be the best version of me.


A big thanks to our Featured Teachers! Visit our blog regularly to meet other rockstars in the MasteryConnect community.

Featured Teacher:
Nicole Menssen

October 12th, 2018

 

Nicole

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Nicole Menssen, she’s been teaching for 8 years and currently teaches second grade at John Hancock Charter School. She has taught almost all of the elementary school subjects you can think of, including Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Art and Computers. She started out her career in the tech industry, but began teaching because she felt a strong desire to positively impact future generations.


 

What grades have you taught?
Second grade

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
Traveling and eating

How do you avoid burnout?
I try to avoid burnout by setting clear boundaries and expectations, having a weekly date night with my husband, and being a deliberate parent – I’m very involved in knowing what’s going on with my kids.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
I love the innovative side of teaching. Right now, we’re at an exciting time when the promise of technology and its ability to help individuals achieve learning goals is being more fully realized. We should see dramatic changes in what school looks like as we better utilize these tools to help students learn and create.

Why did you start teaching?
I started my career in high-tech, but after my twins were born, I had a massive shift in priorities. I found that my desire to have a positive impact on the next generation outweighed the benefits I was getting in high-tech.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
If you give a company 8 hours, they’ll take 8 hours. If you give them 12 hours, they’ll take 12 hours. There’s ALWAYS work to do. To keep your balance with family life and work, you sometimes have to walk away and leave some things undone.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
“Try Everything” by Shakira

What is your favorite book on education?
The One World Schoolhouse by Salman Khan (This is a MasteryConnect favorite!)

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
You don’t have to be perfect your first year, or even your second or third years. Your fellow teachers want to help you – use them as a resource. You will be amazed at how hard kids will work if they have a goal. You would also be amazed at how motivating a simple leaderboard is.

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
If I weren’t teaching, then I would want to be a travel/food blog/vlogger.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Last year, I had a little guy in my class that struggled as a reader, and he was very unmotivated to do any work in his intervention program. I helped him to set a VERY aggressive goal: He needed to complete all the second grade levels by a certain date. We agreed on how we would celebrate his success, and he was suddenly on fire! He worked hard and achieved his goal. The entire class celebrated his success, and his work in his program made a big difference in both his confidence and reading skills.

What is your favorite quote?
Right now… this is my favorite: “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
I want all of my students to master 100 addition (0+0 to 9+9) facts with 95% accuracy in 5 minutes or less. Right now, we’ve improved our class average from 55% in 5 minutes to 83% in 4:38.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
Raw Score entry really makes my life easier. I love being able to enter scores or observations for a single standard/objective without having to create or upload an entire test. I also really love the red-yellow-green bar on the tracker right behind the student names that shows how many standards they’ve mastered, how many are near mastery, and how many need remediation.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I want them to love how it feels to accomplish hard things.

What is your dream vacation?
I love to travel with my family. I have a huge Wanderlust Pinterest board with all the places I want to see: New Zealand, Dubai, anywhere in Europe, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Tahiti.

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
This December, I will complete my Reading Endorsement to be a reading specialist. I’m always interested in learning and improving my practice.


A big thanks to our Featured Teachers! Visit our blog regularly to meet other rockstars in the MasteryConnect community.