I have been an elementary school teacher since October of 2009. It has truly been a remarkable experience to have the opportunity of teaching three grade levels within 7 years. I have the experience of teaching grades 1st-3rd, and absolutely love the curriculum of each grade level. I have also served as interim principal for 2 years, which has granted me the opportunity to review and assess what works for each grade level to ensure that children achieve and attain a high-level education. I have created lesson plans in accordance to school guidelines and have a vast amount of experience with web-based programs.
My experience has primarily been in an ability-based classroom. Students are grouped together in one classroom, ranging from grades 1st-3rd. Children are taught a central theme, and based on the student's ability, that determines the level of curriculum they will receive. It is truly beneficial to students, as students learn and pick up certain skills from their peers. My philosophy is that a student's age should not determine their ability. A 6-year old 1st grader, who may be reading at a 3rd grade level, should receive a 1st grade level textbook just because it matches their age? That is holding a child back from maximizing their full potential. A student's curriculum should be based upon their ability, not their age. My teaching style revolves around a center-based environment. Multiple centers are set up within the classroom, including, but not limited to : guided instruction, hands-on/manipulatives, media, and critical thinking.
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Attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 2003-2007 BS in Elementary Education Attended Chicago State University from 2007-2009 MA in Educational Leadership
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