I've only been teaching for 5 years, but I've had two really different experiences. When I first started teaching, I was teaching Spanish in a private school to the middle school grades. I had a year long student teaching placement in 4th grade during grad school, and now, I'm teaching first grade in DCPS.
Creating classroom community is huge to me. It's the most important thing that happens at the beginning of each school year, and it's truly the basis for everything else we do all year long. I love teaching my students how to be responsible for their own learning, and how to work with each other. Within my school we do a lot of community based learning, like balanced literacy, and reverse workshop math, but we also have the flexibility to try out new things.
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Even though I grew up attending public high schools, I went to a private college in central Ohio where I majored in both Spanish and History. After graduating, I worked outside of education for a few years, before teaching Spanish in a private school. Then I moved out to DC and went to grad school at GW and participated in a grad program that partnered with the DoE to prepare teachers for urban teaching. I had a full time internship at an urban school and currently teach in the same school. This school year will be my 3rd year teaching there, but my 4th year at the school overall.
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