I have been a high school biological science teacher for the past 16 years. I have taught biology, marine science, and environmental science at the honors, college prep, fundamentals, and special education level. I was an assistant naturalist for 12 years at the Monmouth County Park System where I helped children experience the wonders of the natural world. While home on maternity leave a few years ago, I created a STEAM+ELA curriculum to do with my son and daughter. You can find our lessons on sale here and accounts of them on my website Curious Little Classroom!
I am very patient and flexible. I believe students learn through hands-on experiences. My job is to give them enough background knowledge to feel confident that they are capable of exploring and learning independently. I also feel that all students are capable of learning and with the right teaching style, and enough patience, all students can succeed!
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I attended Rutgers University where I received a bachelor of science in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Science Education. I received a Masters degree from the University of Maryland in Life and Chemical Sciences. I have recently obtained my special education endorsement at Rutgers University.
My name is Jennifer Blaustein and I am a mother of two awesome kids, Jack and Lila. Jack was born in 2010 and Lila 2014. I attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where I met my wonderful husband Matt. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cook College in Natural Resource Management in 2002. This is a biological science degree with a focus on outdoor ecological field studies. I also minored in Science Education and I hold NJ teaching certificates with advanced standing in Elementary Education and Biological Education, grades K-12. I also hold a NJ Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement. I worked as an assistant park naturalist at the Monmouth County Park System beginning in the summer of 1998. I did this part time until my son Jack was born in 2010. As an assistant naturalist, I learned to use my teaching skills to instill a sense of wonder in the young children who were visiting the parks to learn about natural science. I led nature camps and programs related to the local environment of Monmouth County, NJ. I began teaching in NJ public schools in March of 2002 as a high school biological science teacher, however, I recently left my position to be home with my children. At the high school level, I have taught Marine Science, Biological Science, and Environmental Science, as well as Biology and Environmental Basics for students with special needs. I recently obtained my special education endorsement. I have always wanted to work in special education and I am happy to finally be able to pursue that dream since recently receiving my Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement. In the summer of 2010, I received my Masters degree in Life and Chemical Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park’s online program for science teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the courses necessary to obtain this degree and I even took a few more when my degree was complete to satisfy my desire to continue my education. While staying home with my kids, I used my teaching background to do supplemental lessons with my son Jack and daughter Lila. In order to be sure these lessons were meaningful and aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, I decided to create my own STEAM+ELA curriculum filled with fun, exciting lessons. I hope you enjoy your journey here learning and exploring STEAM plus ELA with us please visit us at Curious Little Classroom
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