I am a fully-licensed English teacher. I graduated in December, 2015 from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Arts & Literature (Grades 5-12) and a minor in Music. Immediately after completion of college, I joined TeachersASAP as a substitute and paraprofessional. The company finds staff to work with students at local charter, private, and Montesorri schools. After an enjoyable 6 months with this employer, I taught English to 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in a public high school for 2 years. I now teach 4th and 5th grade at a public charter school in California.
My teaching style allows for students to take control of their own academic success and the methods to which they get there. A classroom and its curriculum should be student-centered. Students should not simply memorize information and regurgitate it back, but rather delve deep into the content through personal connections and hands-on activities. With that being said, I am a supportive and knowledgable professional resource that students feel comfortable enough to approach and ask questions. Taking on this type of role ensures that students know I understand that each and every one of them has a unique personality along with a different learning style. Differentiation and various types of teaching strategies are essential to achievement, as well as the integration of each student’s passions/interests.
Although I have not yet earned any honors or awards during these first 3 years of my teaching career, I plan to earn many in the future. I will soon be continuing my research of Communication Arts & Literature by earning a Master's degree in education.
I graduated high school from Rogers, MN with a high GPA and aspirations to become a teacher. During my time there, I was involved with the community "Lions" volunteering club, the National Honors Society, and every choir group there was. Then, I went on to college at MSUM for 5 years. I spent my time there learning about music business and English education.
My name is Catherine and I am 26 years old. Teaching has always been one of my passions. Ever since I can remember, I was making lesson plans/assignments and "teaching" my stuffed animas. This job is perfect for me and I wouldn't want to be doing anything different. When I am not working at school (or at home), you can find me listening to, dancing to, singing to, or writing music. I also enjoy animals, reading, cleaning, video games, and simply being mindful of whatever opportunity I have in front of me. I fully believe in the quote: "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." I love the sense of accomplishment in completing tasks and solving problems.