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Glassboro State College (Elementary Education)
William Paterson University (MEd)
I have been teaching for 31 years! I love working with children and seeing their successes and growth into life long learners. Each new school year brings excitement and rejuvenation to make learning as rigorous as it is fun. I strive to meet the needs of all different learners and ensure each child grows in self confidence, pride and academics. I strongly believe that the uniqueness of each child plays a huge part in his/her learning. By allowing children to be themselves and to develop at his/her own pace, is vital to their success. I expect the best from each student, but the best is different for everybody.
I have had the pleasure of teaching many levels and subject areas. I spent 20 years teaching grades 5-7, with most of the time working in 6th grade. I taught all subjects and worked on various committees and clubs, which helped me gain knowledge and expertise with this age group that is filled with so many challenges and changes. Over the last 11 years, I taught 4th grade for one year and 1st grade for ten years. I have to admit, 1st grade is my favorite. The growth that occurs over the year is phenomenal to watch. I truly enjoy every minute.
I earned my Masters of Education in Developmental Disabilities in 1997. My goal in pursuing this degree was to learn strategies to reach all students in the regular education classroom. Through my studies and experience, I am more than capable of meeting the needs of many different learners.
I have taught Math for 31 years---the old way, the new way, and the Common Core way. I have worked with a variety of programs. Although the rigor has evolved, the basics are the same. I love to use literature to help with Math concepts.
I have been using Teacher's College Reading and Writing Workshops as well as Readers' Workshop for years. Children learn the elements of literature and non-fiction by reading texts that are appropriate for his/her reading level. I have an enormous library that covers beginners to fully independent readers.
I love to teach the core academic subjects, but also really enjoy Science and Social Studies. These two subjects lend themselves to such a variety of hands on, exploratory activities. This enables children who struggle in the core subjects, a chance to lead and enjoy more immediate success.
I use an awesome Phonics program called Fundations. The skills taught truly enable children to become experts in decoding words automatically so that comprehension readily follows.
I love to teach! I would love to help any child struggling to feel more successful and to master the skills and concepts that are difficult. I prefer to tutor in a local library, and encourage parents to observe from a distance so that at home, you know ways to help your child and can employ methods you have seen me use. I have been teaching for 31 years! I love working with children and seeing their successes and growth into life long learners. Each new school year brings excitement and rejuvenation to make learning as rigorous as it is fun. I strive to meet the needs of all different learners and ensure each child grows in self confidence, pride and academics. I
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I have been an elementary school teacher for 31 years. I have a vast experience in many programs and strategies. I am also certified Teacher of the Handicapped, so I know and use a great variety of methods to help all learners learn.