My passion for educating students started at an after-school job when I was 18 years old. I learned early that students needed to be engaged, motivated, and inspired no matter what their age. I have been teaching in the community where I live for over eight years. I am certified in Texas to teach Early Childhood through 6th grade, with an ESL certification. I am currently working on my G/T certification. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade.
I have never done the exact same thing two years in a row. I am always learning, growing, and changing, which is what I encourage my students to do as well. I promote teaching life-long skills through the integration of technology. Although I make lesson plans each week, I welcome teachable moments and treasure the opportunity to engage my students in learning new things. www.mrsvandagriff.com
While working through the Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design and Technology at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, I received multiple Course Director Awards: Multiple Learning Theories, Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture, Training and Motivational Development, Education Design and Evaluation, Digital Media and Education Applications, Filmmaking Principles in Education, Media Asset Creation. I was also named the Salutatorian of the class, as well as the Advanced Achiever Award.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Education Focus- The University of Texas at Dallas, May 2004 Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology- Full Sail University, Florida, February 2012 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction- Triple Literacy Focus- The University of Texas at Arlington, (currently working towards)
I am a proud fire fighters wife, mother of two growing, soon-to-be-taller-than-me boys, passionate teacher of everything, life-long student and recreational softball player. I love creating the things I use in my classroom, and I also enjoy NOT reinventing the wheel. My inspiration comes from the vast talent of educators all around me. I have a go-getter type personality and I am always looking to improve the way I do everything.
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