I began my career teaching pre-K for 2 years until I student taught a 5th grade and kindergarten class. Teaching kindergarten was an easy transition for me because of my work experience and I got hired as a Kindergarten teacher in that district the following year. I am lucky to have had many experiences in my building ever since... 1 year of 4th grade, 4 years of 2nd grade, and am currently teaching 1st grade. However, Kindergarten is my dream and would love to return to that level. I also have the honor of leading my school as our Head Teacher (a quasi-administrative position). In this position, evaluating faculty, presenting/ planning professional development and consulting with our school's principal are only some of my responsibilities in addition to running a successful classroom.
My teaching style is very open, rigorous, and student driven. Regardless of the age I teach, I feel it is my duty to support students as they learn how to become responsible for their own learning. As a result of their outstanding problem solving skills, my students know how to help themselves. In fact, they display tremendous character when they recognize a friend is in need and know how to help others as well. You will see plenty of partner and small group collaborative work in my classroom. You will hear the children express their agreements and disagreements with one another as they drive their own discussions. You will feel the love of learning they all have as they work towards a common learning goal.
I have had the honor of representing CT public school teachers as a delegate on the School Safety Infrastructure Council which was created to write standards for new building construction and renovations. As a delegate of this council, I was also chosen to collaborate with the Science Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC.
I went to Quinnipiac University in CT and graduated with an BA of Psychology. When I decided that I wanted to teach, I went to the Univeristy of Bridgeport in CT and completed my MS in Education. I knew that I would want to make a critical impact in any field I chose and went back to UB and got my 6th year for Educational Administration and Supervision. I plan on finishing school and going for the PHD once I have reached certain career and personal milestones.
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