As of 2017, I've taught for 13 years in an suburban school district in Indianapolis, IN. My teaching experience ranges from 2nd grade to 6th grade, as well as music and a 3rd/4th split classroom. In each of these, I have continued to use my High Ability certification to teach either Advanced Math Only students or now, to be in a self-contained Gifted/Talented (High Ability) classroom.
My teaching style is hands on and inquiry based in each subject. Students are encouraged to develop their own questions and dig deeper, after general comprehension is mastered and formed. I encourage students to continue their pursuit of interest after a unit or lesson has been completed. Technology is continually a source that students will need to be familiar with (as well as their teachers) and I try to use various technologies in the classroom to expose my students in their research endeavors. Get a visual for how I do things in my classroom: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KelsKlass Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/perilloiu/kels-klass/
Professional: *Geist Elementary's "Teacher Who will Try Anything" 2010 (for her students, obviously! :)) Personal: * Ms. Footliter (participation in Footlite Musicals Local Community Theater) 2009 * Academic Honors Alpha Delta Pi Sorority 2001, 2002, 2003 * Student Liaison for the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers 2002-2003
Graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 2003 with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (including a Technology Endorsement, Music Minor). Graduated from Ball State University (Muncie) in 2011 with my Masters in Educational Psychology (including a Gifted and Talented Endorsement).
Teaching has been my passion since I was in elementary school. I enjoyed the creativity and excitement that each of my teacher role models (including my own MOTHER!) brought to the classroom each day. Except for a short stint in which I was determined to be a ballerina, I came back to my senses in junior high, knowing that education was the way for me to go. My passions (other than teaching) include my husband (Tim), our daughter (Reese aka "Cup") and our fur child, Tallahassee. I'm a singer, dancer, actress, and lover of musical theater and anything the stage has to offer. In my "free time," you can find me traveling, reading a great book, or scrap-booking, making cards and stamping.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, Economics , Word Problems, Study Skills, Physical Science, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Mental Math, Winter, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Early Intervention, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading