I taught kindergarten for five years and wanted a change (and a new challenge), so I was able to move up to fourth grade! I absolutely love it! The first year teaching fourth grade was definitely a lot of work, mostly because I wanted the students to feel comfortable working with a former kindergarten teacher. The neat thing is, being that I work in a small Catholic school, most of my fourth graders were once my kindergarten students! It is really neat to see how they have grown.
I always strive to create a warm and welcoming classroom atmosphere that is calm yet academically stimulating. I love incorporating music whenever possible, since singing is one of my hobbies.
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Throughout grammar school I attended a wonderful little Catholic school, which is where I now teach! It is neat (and a bit scary) to have the same principal and some of the same teachers at my school! They once knew me as a student, and now a co-worker! After graduating eighth grade I attended a public high school, which was overwhelming at first, until I found my niche: music and drama. It is so important for students to feel involved at any age- I think my struggles and experiences in high school helped me decide to go into education, and continue to help me shape my teaching techniques and classroom management strategies. I attended SUNY Fredonia for my undergrad work, which was probably the best time of my life. Not only did I receive a quality education through classes and student teaching; I also met my future husband! Grad school was a good experience - I'm so glad I got my graduate degree before becoming a full-time teacher. (As if I had a choice...) My major was Early Childhood and Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. Some day I would love to be involved in the Curriculum and Instructional planning in my district, but for now I love every minute of teaching fourth grade!
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