Hi there! I'm Rebecca. My husband, Mike, and I are both in education and working hard to raise our three wonderful kiddos and two dogs. I love reading, traveling, and playing board games with my family. I am passionate about helping all learners find their place in my classroom, especially those that struggle. I love making learning meaningful and fun!
When I said I love learning, I wasn't joking. I have the degrees (and student loan debt) to prove it!
My undergraduate degree is from Augsburg College, where I majored in psychology and minored in sociology. I dabbled in education at that point, but it wouldn't be until a few years later that I would decide I wanted to pursue teaching.
After college, I entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota where I would eventually get my Master's in Educational Psychology. Studying school psychology was actually when I realized that I wanted to teach, and after my first year in graduate school, I packed two suitcases and moved to New York City to join the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
As a teaching fellow, I was alternatively certified and started teaching special education in a 2-4th grade self-contained special education class for students with a variety of learning and behavioral needs.
During that year, I took graduate courses in special education and continued taking some online courses through the University of Minnesota, but most of my learning was the kind that can't possibly happen in a graduate school classroom. It was the kind of learning that no teacher really experiences until they get their feet wet. It was SO HARD, but so worth it.
Over the next ten years, I ended up not only finishing up my degree in school psychology, but I also got graduate degrees in curriculum & instruction and educational administration.
I moved from New York to Texas and from special education to general education…then to instructional coaching.
When we found out we were going to have our third baby a couple of years ago, I made the tough choice to stay at home with our three kiddos until at least two of them were in elementary school…because let's face it, teaching barely covers daycare bills!
While I haven't regretted a minute of watching my own kiddos grow up, I definitely miss the excitement of watching my students grow. So these days, I keep my passion for learning alive by sharing research-based best practices, tips, tricks, and resources with you so that your classrooms can run more smoothly. My hope is that you find these materials useful in helping your struggling and reluctant learners find success in your classroom.
What I believe about teaching & learning
I believe that school should be a place where kids feel safe and valued. They should know that hard work pays off and learning can be fun, but even when things are hard, they aren't alone. We, as teachers, are right there beside them to cheer them on.
Should learning be fun? ABSOLUTELY! Is it always going to be fun? Probably not. That's why it is important that students know we believe in them and we are there for them.
I believe we must differentiate instruction so that every student is challenged but not overwhelmed. Each student comes to us with their own strengths and needs. It is our job to capitalize on the strengths and fill in the gaps.
That being said, I also believe that teachers shouldn't have to live at school. We deserve to have rich family lives. Our kids need us…and deserve our time and attention just as much as our students do.
Teaching is a fine balance. It is a mix of science and art. We, as professionals, have to work together and rely on each other if we want to be successful.