Hey, I'm Amber
This is my sixth year teaching middle school students full time. I usually hear comments like “You’re crazy. I could never do that!” or see faces of surprise and horror when I tell them I wouldn’t teach any other age group. I truly love what I do. I graduated with…Read more
This is my sixth year teaching middle school students full time. I usually hear comments like “You’re crazy. I could never do that!” or see faces of surprise and horror when I tell them I wouldn’t teach any other age group. I truly love what I do. I graduated with a BA degree in Middle Level Education from the University of South Carolina in 2011. I recently completed a MA in Education with a focus on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and a graduate certificate in K-12 Reading and Literacy both from Walden University because I strongly believe we need to better prepare our students for a successful life after high school and the skills they need to be effective participants in society. Teaching in Southern California, I have many English Language Learners each school year and so I strive to find ways to make curriculum accessible and relevant for every student. I regularly use personal funds to purchase basic classroom supplies, materials to make lessons more exciting, and online subscriptions to enhance my teaching.
Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Desert Trails Preparatory Academy
9 Years experience
What will the funds be used for
Worksheets are just not my style. Kids are bored, learning rarely occurs, and it’s a waste of valuable paper! I do lots of hands-on activities in my 6th grade classroom. Costumes make reading drama more engaging. Art projects make writing practice more personal. Recreating historical photographs makes history come alive for my students. Unfortunately, all these activities cost money that usually comes out of my own pocket. It’s ok for the most part because I’m investing in our future, but the $150 I get yearly to cover the cost of all supplies and activities heavily limits what I can do. A donation would directly go to purchasing hands-on materials for English and social studies lessons and online resources and subscriptions that really promote student buy-in.