• An Overview of Virtual Learning: The district will use Microsoft Teams as the primary way for students and teachers to interact as well as receive and turn in assignments. Assignments, grades, and attendance will also be posted in Student Information Systems (SIS). An overview of lesson plans and assignments will also be posted on this webpage under the Virtual Learning Tab, but I recommend using Microsoft Teams for more in-depth information. McKinley middle school uses a curriculum called SpringBoard for both ELA and Math. Digital access to SpringBoard will be provided for all students during the first week of school. Students will follow their regular schedule meaning they will have four classes a day. The first 45 minutes of each period will be synchronous, meaning that students and teachers will be engaged in learning activities using the meeting platform on Microsoft Teams. The second 45 minutes of each period will be asynchronous meaning that students will be working independently on an assignment yet still able to communicate with their teacher through the messaging capabilities within Teams.

     
    BiographyPhoto taken August 2020 :  I spent my childhood huddled under a pile of books in Spanish Lake, Missouri.  At age 15 my parents and I moved to Mesa, Arizona.  I finished high school there and then kept the Westward migration going by heading out to California for college.  I received my teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Humblodt State University in waaaaay Northern California among the redwood trees. From there I was city bound, living in San Francisco for a few years while postponing my impending adulthood.  From there I headed south to spend several years teaching in Costa Rica and Guatemala, and there was a year mixed in there as a third grade teacher in Austin, Texas.  I tapped into my pioneering spirit when I opened a school on the beach that served ex-pat primary-age kids and middle-aged sportfishing captains needing to learn English. 
     
    Once I turned thirty, I realized I wanted to teach in a more established educational system to enjoy all of the opportunites for growth and development that come with it, and I wanted to do that in St. Louis!  Why?  (Who leaves the tropics for St. Louis?!)  Well, I was feeling the pull of the tide of my gene pool back here in Metro St. Louis, as I have a ton of family on both sides of the river.    Another reason why I came back to St. Louis was  I wanted to buy a house, and we all know STL is a great place to do that. 
     
    I started teaching at McKinley just a few months after my return to my Midwestern roots.  I chose McKinley because I had felt a kinship to the gifted students I had had in my regular education class in Austin.  Once at McKinley, I received my Gifted Certification from Maryville University and settled in!  Apparently, it has been a good fit beccause the 2020/2021 school year will be my nineteenth year as a Goldbug!  I taught sixth grade for eight years, seventh grade for two years, and I have been teaching eighth grade for the past eight years.  This year I will be teaching sixth grade again...back where I started! 
     
    I love sharing literature with young people and helping them improve as communicators in their writing, speaking and listening.  And, while giving them a strong foundation in the language arts, I hope to foster individuality while raising their awareness of their potential impact on the local and world community.