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Author's Purpose: Students are sure to have fun with these hands-on, meaningful activities while gaining a solid understanding of this concept. ...
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Economics Activities, Assessments and Games: enrich your Economics Unit with these fun and engaging supplemental materials. Vocabulary Cards –...
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Animals: Adaptations, Food Chains and Habitats ***A BEST SELLER*** Animal Vocabulary Cards, Assessments and Activities: Fun & engaging acti...
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Soil: Vocabulary Cards, Assessments & Activities Supplemental and engaging activities for your Soil Unit! Vocabulary Cards– use as a word...
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Main Idea and Details This comprehensive unit provides a wide variety of resources to teach the challenging concept of Main Idea and Details. Ma...
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Non Fiction Text Feature Hunt – an engaging, hands on activity for small group, paired or independent work. Students will go on a hunt for vari...
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GUIDED READING PLAN BOOK This Guided Reading Plan Book has everything to keep your guided reading plans and data collection organized! This ONE ...
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Who said test prep was boring? It's not when you "Scoot!" Check out this fun activity that gets your students up and moving, while preparing for...
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These effective practice activities are great to use when teaching about the following types of references: table of contents, glossary, index, d...
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Plants Vocabulary Cards, Assessments & Activities: enrich your Plants Unit with these engaging supplemental materials. Vocabulary Cards – ...
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Animal Adaptations, Food Chains and Habitats-Extension Activities: Sorts, Graphic Organizers, Printables and an "I Have, Who Has?" Review Game E...
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Simple Machines & Force and Motion Vocabulary Cards, Assessments and LOTS of fun Activities! Enrich your Simple Machines & Force and Mot...
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Stone Fox: this novel study packet has it all, from reading responses, to discussion group questions, vocabulary cards, writing activities, a com...
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Graphic Organizers for Non-Fiction Text Graphic Organizers are an excellent tool for differentiating. Here are 25 effective graphic organizers t...
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Activities for prefixes, suffixes and root words will expand student vocabulary. Multiple opportunities are provided for students to create and u...
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Ancient Egypt: Vocabulary Cards, Assessments & Activities Vocabulary Cards – use as a word wall, matching game, sorting activity, flashcar...
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Enjoy this LEVELED spring themed reference packet! Practice using reference materials while building and reinforcing spring vocabulary. Includ...
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Ancient Greece: Vocabulary Cards, Assessments & Activities Ancient Greece Vocabulary Cards – use as a word wall, matching game, sorting ga...
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Kelly K.
I absolutely love your ELA packets. Do you have anything for math?
April 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Thank you Kelly! That's so nice of you to say:) I love teaching ELA! Unfortunately I don't teach math, so I don't make math products. Thanks for asking. -Kristen
April 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Claire N.
I love your Science "I have who has?" for SOL review, do you have one for Social Studies?
March 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Claire! I do not have an end of the year, cumulative review for SS...(yet) ;). I'm assuming you're a VA teacher (3rd grade). I'm curious, since our 3rd grade SOL covers K-3 curriculum, would you want something that covers/reviews K-3 or just third grade? Also, do you like the "Scoot!" games, or just the "I Have, Who Has" games? I see we are getting in testing mode:)
March 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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ELIZABETH DE LA CRUZ  (TpT Seller)
Kristen,

Thank you for your prompt response. I finally got to preview the whole set rather than the 3 samples they show. I also appreciate your honesty. I won't need you to state the standards, but thank you for offering. This is definitely great work, but it does not suit my needs this year:(. Thanks so much for answering my question, though. :) Best of luck to you in VA!
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ELIZABETH DE LA CRUZ  (TpT Seller)
Hello Kristen,

Your Ancient Civilizations bundle really has my attention! However, I have some questions about how it relates to 6th Grade. I teach in Southern California, and we have Ancient Civilizations. I fear that it may not be challenging for my grade if it's for 3-5th graders. Could you let me know what state standards your activities are based on? Thank you! Looking forward to your answer :)

Elizabeth De la Cruz
March 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Elizabeth. I'm glad you asked, because my first thought was that it would probably not be challenging enough for your 6th graders. It is really geared towards 3rd-4th grade primarily, but is also formatted and structured to support English language Learners in the mainstream classroom up to 5th, meaning that there are a variety of activities for each civilization so that all levels of learners (beginning to advanced ELLs, plus native English speakers) have access to the curriculum. Also, since I am in VA, the standards may be a bit different, but primarily each civilization has the essential knowledge of the geography, contributions & inventions, the people
(rulers and human resources) and architecture. If you'd like specific standards, I'd have to give those to you later in the day as I'm getting ready to head to work now. I hope this answers your question. With that said, there are things in there that are suitable for all grades, such as word walls, "I have, Who has" review games, graphic organizers, and writing activities; but the vocabulary quizzes and some of the other activities would be too low. If you take a look at the previews for each civilization, you should get a pretty good feel for what's in there. I hope this helps you. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask. Have a great day. Thanks! -Kristen
March 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Beatriz W.
Hi,
I purchased your "Ancient Egypt Mini-Book" and I am having a hard time making it work as a book, if printed as you instruct. Can you please take a look at it and let me know if it is correct? It seems to me that the pages should be on the inverse side for it to work. or I would have to manually make it double-sided with glue. Way too much work and Im sure thats not what was intended. Please help. :)
Thank you,
Beatriz Wolf-Gutierrez
March 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Beatriz. You're right, that would be way too much work:) I promise you that it doesn't entail cutting or gluing...just folding and stapling. The directions has pictures to show what each step looks like, but I'll try to clarify here. Print the pages single sided. Fold each page along the crease. Lay out your pages with the cover page having its fold along the left side, and the book pages having the fold along the right side. Tuck the book pages into the cover page. The first page you should see when you open the front cover is the Table of Contents page. Check that your pages are in order, then staple along the spine. Let me know how these directions work for you. I promise you, once you get it done, you'll never have difficulty again:) Also, if you use Reading A-Z, this is the same method of folding. I look forward to hearing back from you. -Kristen
March 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Bagheerabells re: Animals: Leveled Reading Passages
Could you please tell me how many passages are included in this packet?
February 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Sure, there are 12 total. There are 6 different animal topics, and each topic comes with 2 leveled passages. The content in the 2 passages is the same, just at 2 different reading levels. All of the passages are shown in the preview. I hope this helps to answer your question. -Kristen
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Colleen T.
Kristen,

I teach in an integrated 3rd grade. We have been using the different passages in small groups and the kids are really enjoying them. Most of the single and double paw passages have been the right level - I dont think you want to bring the single paw down any more in level or the content would be lost. I still think that just the one passage on Habitats needs to be higher. Like I said, it is practically identical to the single paw. I beleive there is only one sentence that is different between the 2.
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Colleen, I appreciate your input and taking the time to leave this feedback. I am going to work on making the habitat passages more distinguishable as far as their levels. I'll post a message for you here when it is ready to re-download. Thank you!

Colleen, I just uploaded the revised Habitats passages. I'd love to hear back from you after you've had a chance to look them over. I really do appreciate your feedback. It's that kind of feedback that helps to make the best materials for our students and teachers. :) Best to you, Kristen
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Lexi DeStefano  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kristen,

I love your Guided Reading Plan Book with layouts and templates - extremely helpful for me as a first year teacher! I was just wondering how I can edit the Assessment Data templates that open in Powerpoint? It says it was editable so I was hoping I could input my students' names and data on the computer and then print.
Thanks again!
Lexi
January 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Lexi! All you need to do is insert a text box where you want to add text, then save. I'm really glad you're finding the plan book helpful. It'll be updated each year, so be sure to re-download this summer, probably around June. -kristen
January 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Thanks for the mini Rome book! I agree about the adaptations package. I would like a higher level read too instead of lower.
January 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
I like the idea of making a higher level. Since the lowest is currently a second grade level, and the higher one is 3rd, would you be looking for approximately a 4th grade level?

Also LadyJaye, make sure that you've downloaded the latest version of the Rome mini book. I found a minor typo on page two, but it's been fixed and reposted.
January 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Colleen T.
Hi Kristen,

First I love your animal habitats and adaptations unit. I was just using your Animal Habitats quick read and noticed that the single paw and double paw readings were practically identical. Is there a possiblity of making the double paw a little higher level? Thanks..
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi Colleen! I'm glad you like the animals unit. I really enjoyed making it. The content in the 2 passages is identical. As far as the differences between the two, the lower level has simplified language and a reduced language load. I use a readability index calculator to measure the reading level. The single paw text is at approximately a 2nd grade reading level, and the double paw passage is at about a 3rd grade level. The purpose is to help teachers differentiate with the same content. I have thought of adding a third level. If I do, then I could consider making it a higher level. I'm an ESOL teacher, so I tend to go in the other direction...simplifying:) What grade level do you teach?
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Aubrey M. re: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome (Bundled!)
Kristen, Thank you for your response. Will I be notified at all about the Ancient Rome mini book? I am started Ancient Greece this week so just curious about Ancient Rome for the following week. Love the mini book!
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi mrsmcd34! The Rome mini book is almost complete. I'm just editing it now. It'll be uploaded by the weekend, if not sooner. I'll post a message here for you once it's uploaded. You won't get a direct email notifying you, so you'll either need to check here, or check under your "My Purchases" tab. Although I'd be happy to send you an email when it's ready, if you'd like. Just leave your
email here, or email me at kmhv@verizon.net to leave your email address. Thanks!

mrsmcd34, your mini book is ready:) Go ahead and re-download. If you have any questions about, don't hesitate to ask. Hope you & your students enjoy it! -Kristen
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Aubrey M.
Hi Kristen, Do you have an Ancient Rome mini book available like the Ancient Greece one? I just purchased your bundle! Thanks
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi!! Thank you for your purchase:) I currently do not have an ancient Rome mini book, but I am working on one. I'm guessing that it should be finished in a couple of weeks (I'm really hoping to work on it this long weekend). When it's ready, it will become part of the bundle you purchased, so you will be getting it for free:) Check back under your "My Purchases" tab in a couple of weeks. If you see a flashing "Download," then you'll know it's ready. I'm almost certain it says "download." Just know that something will be flashing to let you know. Another way to know when it's ready is to "follow me." Followers are notified when new products are posted. Thanks for asking! Have a great weekend. -Kristen
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Courtney S.
Kristen,

THANK YOU so much for making an ancient civlizations bundle! I am looking forward to the ancient china and ancient rome mini books.

I wanted to let you know that on the ancient greece architecture quiz, I noticed that on the bottom where the students have to identify the columns, the columns are in a different order on the student page then on the answer sheet. On the answer sheet it goes Ionic, Corinthian & Doric whereas on the student page it is Doric, Corinthian & Ionic.

Thanks again for the wonderful resources, I am a2nd year teacher and I LOVE your materials. :)

Courtney
January 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Thank you Courtney for pointing this out. It has been fixed, so the order of the columns now match on both pages:) I'm really glad you like my resources. I have an unwritten policy that if a typo is found, I will gladly forward you an item from my store. Email me something that interests you at kmhv@verizon.net.

The Rome mini book should be done in a couple of weeks. It's been so busy at school lately that time has been very limited when it comes to creating. If you want to wait for that, I'll send it to you when it's ready...without typos;) Thanks again Courtney.
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Adia C. re: Economics
Do you have a set that includes moon phases and Earth Cycles?
January 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi acharley! I do not have a set for moon phases and Earth cycles. It's funny because I keep a list of topics I plan, or want, to create a product for and moon phases and cycles is on there:) Usually as the content comes along throughout the school year, and I need things for my students, that's when new products get created. Things I didn't get to, wait until summer. Ha! That was probably way more information than you wanted:) Short answer...no, but will have it eventually:) Thanks for asking!! -Kristen
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Sue C.
Hi Kristen! Our resource teacher has asked for a copy of the Stone Fox resources electronically and also use with another classmate. I wanted to make sure this was ok. FYI this is the first child with Down Syndrome at this school in a long time so I am working hard to help them modify/supplement curriculum visually to keep him engaged in class. It's a small rural district and I realize that if I want inclusive Ed for my son we will need to Learn together.
January 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi ZacsMama! First off, hats off to you for all that you are doing to support your son and the teachers at the school! That's just so awesome!! Being an ESOL teacher, I'm all about using visual supports. It's so important when conveying meaning. So here's the scoop on copyrighted materials. I'm going to sound a bit like a textbook here. You purchased a single classroom license with the Stone Fox word wall. That means it can be used as many times as need be in the classroom you are supporting. If this other student is in this classroom, no problem...share with the entire class:) However, if this resource teacher wants to use it with a different class of hers, she would need to purchase the item herself. The good news on this situation is that as a license holder, you are able to purchase additional licenses at half price. I suppose you could purchase a license for her and she could repay you. Copyright is sticky because as educators we want to share and help each other, but as a seller I am obligated to maintain the standard expected of all sellers here at TPT. I hope this makes sense. I am so appreciative that you took the time to ask. The school is very lucky to have you!! -Kristen
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Buyer
Thanks!
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi LadyJaye! I uploaded the Ancient Rome mini book yesterday. Please let me know if you have any questions about it:)
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I teach Grade 4. The mini books are good for my class because they are at a reading level that they don't have to struggle with, so we can concentrate on learning the content. Our new social studies curriculum requires us to compare early societies, but there are not many resources out right now that are at a reading level that grade 4's can handle. Do you have a idea of timelines? Months? A year? Just wondering...
January 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
I love 4th grade:) I'm teaching 3rd and 4th this year. If I had to guess, I'd say the Rome mini book will be ready in a few weeks. The China book, a couple of months. I'll try to get China out earlier if I can.
January 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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I'm VERY intersted in both! Can you notifiy me when they are done?
January 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
I'll post a message here when I've got them ready, or you can "follow" me so that you get notifications from TPT whenever I post new items. What grade do you teach, if you don't mind me asking?
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Do you have a mini book for ancient china or Ancient Rome?
January 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Hi LadyJaye! I am currently working on an Ancient Rome mini book, then plan to make one for China. The mini books take me awhile to finish, so I can't say when they'll be posted, but they will be offered in the near future. I'm glad you are interested in them:). -Kristen
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I recently purchased and absolutely love your Guided Reading Plan Book! I began to fill in the mini calendar and noticed that there was a slight error on the February calendar. Is there any way I can get a revised copy of that sheet?
January 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Yes, of course. I will upload a revised version tomorrow morning. I apologize. I thought I triple checked it for errors. What is the slight error exactly? Sjoy, as soon as it's fixed, I will post a message for you here. Thank you for letting me know! -Kristen

I see it... My apologies again. You will have the revised version first thing in the morning. When someone finds a typo in one of my products, I like to offer any other item in my store as a thank you for pointing it out. If you see something useful to you, please let me know, along with an email address. Thanks again.


sjoy, the revised calendar is ready for re-downloading. If you don't mind me asking, for next year's version, would you prefer a full sized calendar in the plan book, or the mini calendar?
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Sue C.
Thank you! Your work is great. I think I will use the character wall and you can charge me extra! How do I go about ordering this way?
January 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
I'm going to upload the Stone Fox Vocabulary & Characters Word Wall in a few minutes. Since I quoted you $2, I'm going to put it in my store for $2 for the next 24 hours. Afterwards the price will automatically go up to $3 (because of the character wall being added). Hopefully you can make your purchase within the next 24 hours. If not, let me know and I'll extend it until you can. Thanks! I just love this novel. I hope your child loves it too! When I teach it to my class, I get the audio version for some of my kids that need that support, and they listen to the book while they follow along. It's worked out great. Not sure if you would need that, but just so that you know, there is an CD version:) The movie does not compare to the book, so I'd not bother with that. Happy new year!!

OK ZacsMama, there you go:) It's ready!
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Sue C.
I have a child with special needs and am looking for visuals to help him in the class when the teacher reads Stone Fox aloud. Is there any chance of just getting the word wall info? The rest of the unit will not be able to,be used for him. Would you consider reducing price just for the word wall portion?
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Kristen Vibas  (TpT Seller)
Absolutely! There are 8 pages of vocabulary words. I can post just the words in my store this evening. How does $2 sound? Although there is a $3 minimum to make a purchase on TPT. Is that going to be a problem? Hopefully you can find something else on TPT to purchase so that your total is at least $3. I'm glad you can use the vocabulary words. You don't need the character wall, do you? Thanks ZacsMama! -Kristen
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching ESOL at the elementary level since 2005. I love teaching ELL students. With language learning needs so different, from one student to the next, each school year is unique with its own set of challenges. ESOL students in my area are expected to learn English while learning the grade level curriculum. When I create materials for my students, I always think to myself, "am I making this comprehensible?" No matter the level of language proficiency, or the educational background of a student, it's my job to present the curriculum in a meaningful way. It can definitely be challenging at times, but oh so rewarding when I see my students being successful and building their confidence. I love my job!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I firmly believe in the Gradual Release method: I do, we do, you do.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA English, M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction w/ a concentration in ESL

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