I've been a Science Specialist for 16 years and fell into teaching when my son went into 1st Gr. Teaching was what I always wanted to do and I'm so grateful to have fulfilled that. I started out teaching a science enrichment program in several schools and summer camps for a company. 13 years ago, I branched out on my own and have been at the same school ever since. I have worked with 3s thru 2nd Grade. My school is now without the Primary grades and this year, with lower enrollment and fewer hours, I'm teaching 4s and Kg. I have wonderful lesson plans stored in my personal computer (my head) that need to be shared.
I like to think of myself as a combination of loosey-goosey and structure. I bring a structured lesson plan to the classroom but with our youngest students, flexibility and the ability to switch direction at the drop of a hat, is paramount. I love these young sponges and my goal is always to instill a love of discovery and a curiosity for how things work and why things are what they are. Hands on experiments, a book, talking and a lot of fun. And mess.
I've received no formal awards but to be honest, the parents who stop me in the hallway and tell me how much their child loves coming to Science, the students who come back to visit, and the notes and letters at the end of the school year are all the honors and awards I cherish. However, I was very honored to be invited to bring my science program to the National Zoo for a special Kids' Day event. It was a wonderful experience. I was also invited to present a science workshop at an annual National teacher/education day.
After being in the corporate workplace for several decades, I'm a self taught (but also probably a natural) teacher.
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