I have taught ELL students for 4 years. Then I was a second grade teacher for 2 years. And I've been teaching first grade for the past 8 years. My original degree was in counseling so I worked as a counselor for children in Cleveland and the South Bronx for 5 years prior to becoming a teacher.
With today's varied classrooms, I feel differentiation is key. For that reason, I do a combo of guided reading, Daily Five, and CAFE for my literacy block. For math, I have workstations and work in small groups also. This year, I am working hard to implement the Common Core into my teaching.
I am a Martha Holdens Jennings Scholar. I have won numerous grants to purchase books, supplies, etc. for my classroom.
I have a BS from the University of Toledo. I got my MEd from Cleveland State University. And I fulfilled my teaching certification requirements at Urbana University of Ohio.
Being of East Indian origin, I am able to teach my students about cultural awareness. I tend to use literature that highlights non-traditional characters and every year my class of first graders participates in a service project to help less fortunate children. What's interesting is that my class is made up of 50% poverty level students but I like for them to know that even they can make a difference in others' lives.