I have extensive experience working with children across all fields ranging from early childcare to summer camp counseling. Much of my teaching experience has centered in Elementary Special Education services including Resource Room (push-in and pull-out). I have also taught in the general education classroom (K-5), teaching typically achieving students as well as students with learning disabilities.
My number one philosophy of teaching is passion! When I am teaching a subject that I am passionate about, I allow that passion to flow freely, showing my students that it is ‘cool’ to get excited about learning. When your students see you getting excited about a topic/subject, that excitement inspires them to not only absorb what you are teaching them, but to adopt their own learning passions! Also, I love to implement units that teach students skills and knowledge from more than one domain. For example, crossing Science and Social Studies with Writing is one of my favorites! Another part of teaching that I truly enjoy is incorporating Character Education into units of study. It is very important to me that my students grow to be responsible, respectful human beings who value each other and themselves. I have always utilized Positive Behavioral Support Systems in my classroom to build community and reinforce appropriate learning environment behavior. Lastly, as the definition of literature changes, our classroom definition of literature must change as well. To accommodate these changes and to prepare our students to compete in the global market, it is imperative that we incorporate 21st century skills and technology into our units of study (it can be super fun and easy).
I do not have any awards for teaching (yet). My academic awards include Dean’s List, graduating Cum Laude , and being a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. (I LOVE History!!!
Rutgers, School of Arts and Sciences: Bachelor of Arts in History Rutgers, Graduate School of Education: Masters of Education in Special and Elementary Education
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