I've taught Pre-Kindergarten for 9 years, Kindergarten for 3 years, Third Grade for 1 year, First Grade for 4 years....and finally, Second Grade! I got to loop with 12 of my 1st Grade students and I have 8 new ones.
As any good teacher knows, all students do not learn in the same way. In addition, it is common for a class of students to be at a variety of levels in any particular subject. Teachers need to use different teaching methods in order to reach all students effectively. A variety of teaching strategies, a knowledge of student levels, and an implementation of which strategies are best for particular students can help teachers to know which teaching methods will be most effective for their class.
I haven't won, but I was nominated for Teacher of the Year these past couple of years. It may sound corny, but just to be nominated is an honor. :)
BA in History/Education, Russell Sage College (1990) MSEd in EC/Primary Education, NSU (2003) EdD, Child, Youth, and Human Services, in Early Childhood (Finished all the coursework...but sadly did not finish dissertation)
I was drawn to the teaching profession because I enjoy working with children. I view teaching as a constant challenge that is seldom, if ever, boring. The realization that a teacher can introduce children to new worlds of information and open up new possibilities daily was motivation in itself for me to select teaching as a profession many years ago. I've taught Pre-Kindergarten for 9 years, Kindergarten for 3 years, Third Grade for 1 year, First Grade for 4 years....and finally, Second Grade! I got to loop with 12 of my 1st Grade students and I have 8 new ones.