In my six years as an educator, I have had the pleasure of teaching students in grades K-8 in a myriad of capacities. At the start of my career, I was a push-in Spanish teacher. I loved sharing my knowledge and love for the language, food, and culture; however, after a short period of time, I quickly realized that something was missing. The following year, I then moved on to become a basic skills teacher and then ultimately a general education teacher. Each of these experiences and grades were unique and enriching in their own ways, but my heart lies in First! :)
As educators, we all know that children are special and unique in their own way(s). Therefore, in my classroom, I strive to provide a non-threatening, welcoming, and safe environment where my students can feel at ease and free to be who they are; all while learning in their own, specific ways so that they can reach (or even surpass) their highest potential. I achieve this through thorough “Backwards Design” lesson planning, and differentiating my delivery and instruction to meet the needs of ALL learners. Their success is met through the integration of unique and diverse teaching tools and activities (including by not limited to: Smart Board lessons, educational videos, songs, dances, use of manipulatives/visuals, etc.) that engage all modalities, and promote active engagement, critical thinking, and success across all levels.
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From 2005 - 2009, I attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. In December 2009, I received my Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Language (Spanish) and Elementary Education.
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