I have been teaching for over 20 years at three main levels: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.(Also as a long-term substitute in 1st grade) I have taught all subjects and been in four schools. My experience has been focused in a city school in Upstate/Central New York State. I have worked with all different types of children, but have spent most of my time teaching students from a lower socio-economic status. I have worked on: social studies, math, science, and ELA curriculum teams, school improvement teams, been the organizer of science/learning fairs, created a reading initiative between grade levels and collaborated with first and second grades, organized dozens of local and state-wide field trips relevant to curriculum, headed up science clubs, sent on assignment to the New York City Historical Society and Philadelphia, PA for a national teacher training initiative, and developed hundreds of lessons, activities, and strategies across many genres of the elementary grades.
My style of teaching is built upon this philosophy: "I desire to uncover ideas, not simply to cover curriculum." My goal each day is to inspire students to see something or realize something new. I want to replace any negative ideas or experiences they have had and help them to see that learning is an adventure. I structure my classroom in a way that is less restrictive but still organized and productive. Some of the core beliefs that influence my style are: 1. A teacher should above all be caring, competent, full of character. 2. A classroom should be a place of acceptance, engagement, connection, and relevance. 3. I also believe the way I treat a student will last longer than what I have taught them. 4. My goal is get my students to the place where they don't depend on me to teach them everything; they become independent and self-motivated learners.
Published in the Spring 2002 NY State Literacy Journal- "The Language and Literacy Spectrum" for my article on the motivation of reading. Honored by a former student at his National Honor Society induction (who graduated in 2012), as a teacher who changed his life in a positive way.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Literacy. I also have 60 credit hours above my Master's Degree in a variety of educational topics, along with countless professional development trainings and experiences.
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Social Studies - History, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, Middle Ages, World Language, Other (World Language), Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Health, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Economics , Character Education, Study Skills, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Black History Month, Informational Text, Engineering