- Bachelor of Science, Western Kentucky University - Major: Elementary Education and Special Education
- Master of Arts in Education, Western Kentucky University - Instruction and Curriculum, Awarded “Most Outstanding Graduate”
- Educational Endorsement, Western Kentucky University - Gifted and Talented
As the Curriculum coordinator I try to ensure that our faculty has the resources and support they need to promote students’ abilities to think and create in personally meaningful ways through an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum in a nurturing environment. I coordinate professional development workshops that are research based best practice strategies. In addition, I enjoy modeling lessons and covering classes for teachers so they can observe others modeling lessons at different grade levels. These lessons are then delivered in the classroom setting that includes formal and informal assessment, reporting, and differentiated instruction.
In addition, along with Mrs. Frint, I am our building assessment coordinator. We participate in assessment data analysis to gauge progress of students with planning emphasis on reducing gaps in all areas.
Perhaps my most favorite part of my job is servicing our SUMMIT, Services for Unlimited, Multi-talented Minds and Inspiring Talent, students. I collaborate and consult with teachers to monitor the continuous progress of our identified gifted students by developing activities that address their effective needs. My students and I meet together once weekly and my goal is to motivate them to develop their gifts and talents further so they may achieve success in their sholastic endeavors. Please visit our classroom on line to stay abreast of what your children are doing.
I would like to share with you about my life to help you get to know me better. I have been married for 15 years to Joe Don Estes. We have a beautiful son, Wyatt, who is my sunshine. We enjoy spending time together and the outdoors. I also have a passion for traveling. I have been to Germany and Russia and am looking forward to my next overseas endeavor. I am blessed most by children and am so fortunate that I have a job that allows me to interact with them. I grew up playing school with my dolls, teaching Sunday school, church camp counselor, and mission trips. I have 17 years experience teaching children. My first teaching job was a Kindergarten position where I taught for two years at First Baptist Church. I then worked as a Title I assistant in Bowling Green City Schools. Following that position, I found my home, Rockfield Elementary. I began as a sixth grade teacher and then taught fifth grade.