I am currently in my fourth year of teaching. My desire to teach started at an early age when in fifth grade I volunteered during my recess time to assist the kindergarten and first grade teachers at my school. This was my first opportunity to experience a classroom from the perspective of an educator and the impact has stayed with me ever since. I initially began my career teaching 2nd grade, but have been teaching 3rd grade for three years and have learned so much from both my students and our every day experiences. Having taught both testing and non-testing grades has provided me the opportunity to experience both sides of teaching and has challenged me to better prepare my students to reach their academic potential!
Every learner is intelligent. Discovering their intelligence and teaching to their learning style is one of the most challenging tasks we have as educators. I create lessons and materials that allow my students to gain valuable knowledge through visuals, hands-on learning, and active engagement. As in life, what we remember most are experiences that we have been an active part of. I keep this in mind when I teach to keep students actively engaged in their own learning. This engagement allows them to both make personal connections and remember the feeling of self-discovery and understanding they can associate with new lessons in my classroom.
While I haven't won any awards yet, I have had the honor of teaching in one of the top-rated schools in New York City! My students are challenged everyday with a rigorous curriculum and I strive to expand their minds in literacy, math, sciences, and the arts! I do this on a daily basis by creating resources that both exposes them to new interesting topics AND prepares them for their state exams.
I graduated from UConn and am a Husky at heart! I continued my education and gained my masters in elementary education. During my secondary education experience, I was granted the opportunity to work with several grade levels in various school settings and environments. These experiences have shaped me as an educator and allowed me to become a more knowledgable and understanding teacher.
Please visit my blog at Kdot's Learning Spot to see the most recent happenings and experiences in my classroom! www.kdotslearningspot.blogspot.com