I am so thrilled to be a part of the Barton Creek family! I have taught for 15 years with 12 of those at BCE. Before teaching at Barton Creek, I taught second grade for three years in Dripping Springs ISD and coached the high school soccer team. Besides, teaching fourth grade, I have also taught first, second, and third grade.
I was born and raised (for the most part) in Austin, but spent 8 years of my childhood living in Southern California (Thousand Oaks to be exact). I attended Bowie High School and then Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene where I played collegiate soccer. While attending HSU, I majored in Elementary Education with a specialization in Reading. My husband and I have been married for twelve years and have a daughter, Bailey, who will be in second grade this year at BCE.
At a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Through high school, I worked with kids in the nursery at church and on mission trips. I also grew up in a family of educators, so you could say it was in my blood. As a student, I learned concepts in a more non-traditional way. I learned by doing, singing songs, writing, acting out examples, and connecting stories to what I was learning.
My learning experience as a kid drives my teaching. My teaching philosophy is pretty simple: every student can learn in their own way and on their own timeline when they know they are respected and loved. I achieve this by providing a safe environment filled with lots of laughter, acknowledging who they are outside the classroom, giving structure with flexibility to allow the learning to go in the direction the class is going, allow for collaboration between all interested parties (student, parent, and teacher), teach using a variety of teaching techniques to account for different learning styles, and permit plenty of movement and talk time.
Fun Facts about Mrs. R:
*I attended 3 different schools in first grade.
*I used to drive a school bus.
*I won first place in my school Spelling Bee (the year before I won second place).
*I played soccer for a total of 25 years until tearing my ACL.
*I am a citizen of the Wyandotte Nation.