I have taught all primary grades, including pre-K. My special-needs students have included those with autism and speech issues, and plain old quirky kids who need extra help in navigating social situations.
I have high expectations for my students, and require them to stretch themselves in order to succeed. Like any primary teacher, I scaffold information so that students can feel secure in their ability to learn. I expect students to be kind and caring toward one another, and to make amends when they have caused harm. When students lie, cheat, or show unkindness, I try to take a step back from the situation so that I can give a skillful response. I find that social skills stories help me to address behaviors in a positive and caring manner.
Hmmm. I think that it's an honor to be given 20+ small children every morning, and to be trusted to teach and love them well. Outside of the classroom, I spend a great deal of time supporting other teachers in their own daily challenges. I am the president of my local union chapter, and work with non-teachers to help them understand why it is that we stay on campus so long after the final bell rings.
Bachelor of Arts, Mount Holyoke College Master of Arts in Teaching, University of San Francisco
I've been a teacher for 14 years, all in Santa Rosa, California.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Special Education, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, For All Subjects, Engineering, Classroom Community