I started teaching 4th grade in 2001. Starting two years ago, we began team teaching and my day focused on reading and math instruction. I wrote our town's grade 4 reading curriculum aligning it to the Common Core Standards. I am currently working with our math coach aligning our math curriculum to the Common Core as well. I work hard to create math projects that challenge students and allow them to apply math concepts to the real world. I have a passion for reading and pride myself on finding stories and creating projects that will keep my students engaged.
My teaching style varies depending on the students in front of me. I try to use a lot of visuals, differentiated instruction, modeling, flexible grouping, and centers whenever possible. I'm the type who expects hard work from my students. I believe that my students will rise to challenges given to them. I push my students to be the best that they can be, but I make sure we have fun while doing it.
I have been nominated for teacher of the year in 2013, 2011, and 2009. I was also nominated for student teacher of the year in 2001.
I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999. I received my master's degree in elementary education from The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
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