For Teachers & Students

About Me

My background

A Classroom teacher for more than 25 years. A mentor teacher and an AP coordinator as well as 10 years with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.  A master's degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University San Bernardino and a Bachelors's degree in history from Castleton State College in Vermont. Certified in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) also having worked with the International Baccalaureate program.

Why Read this Book?

Teaching Smarter-An UNCONVENTIOAL Guide to Boosting Student Success!

Because the work load & demand on both teacher and student is sucking the life out of you.

 This book shows it doesn't have to be that way. These are just some of the things I have found that work for me

.  Don't Quit, Don't give up! 

At the very least some of the personal experiences related will give you a laugh.  That in of itself I am told is healing.

My style




Lets get real


Don't read this if you like grading papers.


who have mastered the volume of paperwork.

I love teaching for the paperwork!

Doesn't everyone!


I like doing work that won't be graded!

Not for the Student

who feels school-work is fair and logical!

What's Your Move?

 Unbeknownst to me a student of mine took this video. She says that when feeling down all she has to do is look at it and she starts to laugh.  I was horrified when a  visiting speaker asked the faculty to each do their best move. I do NOT dance.  I prefer to throw down a good PUN rather than a dance move but whatever works.    Teachers all have their own way of connecting with their students.    I call this "THE LIKABILITY factor".    Whats your move? Check out this great video

Questions or Comments

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