Thanks so much for stopping by. In case we haven't met yet, I'm Rebecca, the founder and curriculum creator here at Differentiated Teaching.
I've been working in some facet of education for the last 15 years, and I've taught everything from Pre-K through 8th grade during my teaching career thus far. Through that time, I've found my passion is reconnecting those struggling or reluctant learners with the joy of learning.
I love sharing strategies and resources to help teachers like you find ways to connect with those kiddos, too! My goal is to provide you with with research-based strategies, tools, and time-saving resources that allow you to be your best self in the classroom without sacrificing the rest of your life to do it. Being in a two educator family means I'm all too familiar with the balancing act between home life and work commitments, and if I can ease that stress for you, my mission is to get it done!
Behind the scenes at Differentiated Teaching
I'm a mom of three – two girls and a boy. When the little guy was born, I decided to take a break from the classroom so that I could help coordinate things on the home front.
Our oldest has dyslexia and our middle kiddo has some speech and motor needs so there are lots of extra appointments that are needed each week, and staying in the classroom would've prohibited us from being able to fit those services in. So for now, I'm at home.
While I am so thankful for the ability to stay home with my own children, I miss the excitement of the classroom. The great thing is I've been able to keep that passion alive through this website, which has been a major blessing and outlet for me.
As if our lives weren't crazy enough with three kids, we've also go three dogs to keep things fun. While two of them are senior pups, or Grandma Dogs as my kids say, we added a puppy to the crew this year and she's keeping things exciting around here!
Learning has always been something I've had a passion for, and my goal is to one day complete my doctorate degree in education.
I received my undergraduate degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, majoring in psychology. This is also where I met my husband. While I dabbed in education as an undergrad, I wouldn't discover my passion for teaching…or him… until a few years later.
After graduating college, I attended the University of Minnesota's Educational Psychology program to become a school psychologist. While I eventually got my masters in Ed Psych, it was during my first year of coursework that I realized I wanted to be in the classroom, and when summer came I packed my life into two suitcases and moved to New York as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
As a teaching fellow, I was hired as a special education teacher for a self-contained, multi-grade class for elementary students with a variety of learning and behavior needs. I continued taking graduate courses, but the most transformational learning opportunities were those that happened in my classroom. Like every first year teacher, I discovered that teaching is SO HARD…but so worth it.
Over the course of the decade that followed, I finished up my degree in school psychology and went on to get additional graduate degrees in curriculum development and educational administration.
I also moved from NYC back to Minnesota before ultimately ending up in Austin,Texas. In that time, I also transitioned from teaching special education to general education and finally moved into instructional coaching.