Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (Government)
Bank Street College Graduate School of Education (MEd)
My philosophy of education is very much rooted in the constructivist methodology of education that is embraced by the Bank Street College of Education. That is to say, I believe in creating and working with a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum that teaches children by allowing them to construct their own knowledge largely through first hand experiences.
By giving a child the experiences that allow him to discover for himself the how and whys of why something happened, the learning becomes real and concrete. It is more meaningful and much more likely to be knowledge that is effectively retained when the child is able to construct an answer for himself rather than just being told what the answer is. I have learned for myself, especially through my math and science studies at Bank Street and now in the classroom, how important it is to work with manipulatives, explore with one’s own hands, and question one’s findings. For me, the work leading up to discovering the answer can successfully illuminate an entire concept. In observing students in my classes, I have come to see that this is true for children as well.
In addition to a constructivist classroom, I also believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment, where the growing child can feel comfortable making mistakes on the road to discovery. I try to have music playing in the background in many of my classes especially during D.E.A.R. time and quiet writing periods. I look to provide as many hands-on art experiences for my students as possible. However, I do not do projects just for the sake of doing projects. I try to find a way to incorporate art into the classroom as an extension of the children’s studies. I love to read to children and with my younger students, am always happy when someone wants to sit on my lap for a little extra comfort. Above all, I think learning should be fun, creative and imaginative. A child spends a great deal of time in school. As a result, his experiences should be good ones and ones that he can look back with a certain degree of fondness.
I was extremely lucky to have wonderful, caring, bright, imaginative teachers through out my school and college careers. It is the memory of their joy in teaching and wanting to share all that they could with their students that made me want to become a teacher. They had a profound effect on my life. I would like to have the same effect on children myself.
My philosophy of education is very much rooted in the constructivist methodology of education that is embraced by the Bank Street College of Education. That is to say, I believe in creating and working with a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum that teaches children by allowing them to construct their
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I am proficient in all areas of the common core curriculum. I have taught to very specific guidelines. I have excellent results preparing students for standardized testing.
I love to cook and have cooked all my life. I attended school at the Peter Kump School of Cooking in New York which led to a job working with a prestigious catering company in East Hampton and New York. I was also a chef for the Barefoot Contessa, also in East Hampton, and successfully ran my own catering company, Home Sweet Home Cooking which was based in East Hampton and New York for 15 years. My experience includes cooking, menu and event planning for private individuals as well as for major corporations.
I have taught various forms of handwriting. The instruction that I traditionally follow is the D'Nealian Method of handwriting.
I was a Political Science major at Franklin and Marshall College. This area continues to be a major interest for me. I have been lucky enough, through my work in the the U.S. Congress, to be involved in how our government operates.