During my full year leave replacement in Kindergarten, short term leave replacements in Pre-Kindergarten, first and second grade, along with substitute teaching in various grades and privately tutoring, my creative and enthusiastic approach to teaching afforded students the opportunity to learn through hands-on exploration, interactive experiences, and differentiation. I utilized classroom activities designed to foster the intellectual and social development of my students, while meeting the challenges of managing a diverse classroom and addressing the needs of all my students as individual learners.
I firmly believe that a multi-disciplinary, student-centered approach to education is essential in creating life long learners. I believe that individualized instruction, small group work, and acceleration all aid in challenging children in today's classroom. It is important to differentiate and take into account student's experiences, interests, and needs when planning lessons. I am enthusiastic in the classroom, creative with lesson planning, and very passionate about teaching.
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My studies at SUNY New Paltz have provided me with a solid academic foundation, professional development, diverse fieldwork and a valued student teaching experience. I have completed coursework at Queens College that has led to a Masters degree in Literacy. I have learned how to work collectively and cooperatively with other professionals in planning programs to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners. Lastly, I attended Hunter College and have had the opportunity to earn a Gifted and Talented Advanced Certificate.
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