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I graduated from Sacred Heart University in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. My dream was to become a teacher and upon graduation I was accepted into Sacred Heart University’s Isabel Farrington School of Education, where I was to begin my Master’s degree in teaching. That academic year, I was also hired as an intern and student teacher in the Westport Public Schools. I served as an intern from September until March, at which time I began my ten weeks of student teaching.
While interning in Westport, I was exposed to many wonderful programs and experiences. I was able to observe many different teachers and the various techniques they used in their classrooms. I witnessed many different academic programs and how they were implemented on a daily basis. Throughout my work in the Westport Public Schools, I built meaningful relationships with colleagues and students as I became skilled in the teaching role.
I attended Sacred Heart University’s graduate program in the evenings, where I participated in a variety of courses, such as a Response to Intervention and a professional seminar, that deepened my understanding of the different methodologies and subject matters utilized in teaching.
I currently teach 4th grade in the Greenwich Public Schools. Prior to teaching in Greenwich, I taught first grade for four years in New Haven. I have learned a great deal about the teaching profession and I am eager to learn even more. I have become much more aware of what it takes to run a classroom, placing emphasis on organization and preparation. I have also learned how to build rapport with the parents of my students, so that we can be synchronized in our efforts to develop the children.
I am now able to take critical information and generate comprehensive plans to improve my instruction. I have learned an array of strategies to differentiate so I meet the needs of all of the students in my class.
I have always been driven to succeed in my life. As a kid growing up, I always competed against my brother and two sisters in everything. As I grew up I became driven to succeed in my schooling, in my career, and my newest passion, running. All three areas require a tremendous amount of dedication, planning and learning, much like teaching does. Throughout the past three years as a classroom teacher, I have dedicated myself to enhancing the learning atmosphere for my students. I have thoroughly planned and executed many units of study, tracking student achievement using assessments aligned with the plan of study. Tracking student progress shows me which students need more help and reveals to me the areas of my instruction that require more attention. The drive to succeed that I have had since I was a child propels me to overcome these obstacles.
I am a Connecticut and New York State certified teacher with 3 years of teaching experience. Currently I teach 1st grade in New Haven, Connecticut. I also student taught in a 3rd grade classroom in Westport, Connecticut. I am thoroughly experienced in all facets of the elementary standards. Each day in my class, I teacher phonics, which includes letter sounds, sounding out words, blending sounds together and reading words. This also includes beginning and continuing to read strings of words in full sentences and having students be able to answer questions pertaining to the text the students have just read. I also work with my students on building words and encoding words, based on the developmental spelling assessments. Each day I also teach reading comprehension, which focuses on early story grammar, character traits and feelings, drawing conclusions, inferring, and making predictions. I also infuse this into my guided reading lessons. While students are independently reading at their desks, I meet with a small group of readers who are all reading on the same level. During this time, I give a brief mini lesson and then let the students read on their own, while I confer with them each individually, working on different decoding strategies and comprehension strategies that they each need.
Writing class is based off of the Writing Workshop. Students are exposed to writing all different genres including narrative, non-fiction, information, persuasive and poetry. Each day, students are introduced to writing with a mini lesson, which gives them a skill to work on for the day while they are either, drafting, revising or editing their piece of work. Students also participate in journaling and writing prompts.
Math class is a time where students get to explore different areas of math through many hands on activities. Students participate in a lesson where they are learning the skill at hand and then have an opportunity to do independent work at their seats while I circulate, looking for students mastery of the subject. Students then are able to participate in a workshop activity that enticing students to expand their thinking by posing questions through a game like activity.
Science and Social Studies are a great time for students to explore the world around them. In Social Studies, students are able to explore their community and the roles that they and others play in that community. Students also learn mapping skills and about the origins of the United States. Science is a time where students get to explore their science community around them. Students work on forces of motion experiments and work with living things. Students are able to learn about how a plant grows from a seed to a plant and how the butterfly life cycle repeats over and over again.
I am a Connecticut and New York State certified teacher with 3 years of teaching experience. Currently I teach 1st grade in New Haven, Connecticut. I also student taught in a 3rd grade classroom in Westport, Connecticut. I am thoroughly experienced in all facets of phonics. Each day in my class, I teach phonics, which includes letter sounds, sounding out words, blending sounds together and reading words. This also includes beginning and continuing to read strings of words in full sentences and having students be able to answer questions pertaining to the text the students have just read.
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