I believe the world is our classroom and feel students learn best through active engagement and making real-life connections. In my opinion, emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning. I feel a teacher has the ability to ignite enjoyment and curiosity to learn and feel that each student has their own unique strengths and preferred learning styles. I understand that my instruction must be differentiated to provide enough challenge and enough support for all children to build on success and develop positive attitudes about learning. As a teacher, I should continue to grow and learn alongside my students, so that every day is as exciting as the one before. I think it is crucial that teachers and families are a team, and that together, each child will be set up for success. I strongly believe that a teacher must teach from the heart, be patient and kind, keep an open mind, see the world through the eyes of each student, and teach everything with a purpose.
Overview of Curriculum
In ELA (English Language Arts), the students are taught to read phonetically, as well as taught sight words and word families. By the end of the year, the students are expected to read and comprehend books. They are taught to expand their vocabulary and use it through speech and writing.
In Math, the students are taught to identify, count, and write numerals to 100. They are taught to compare, combine and take away sets of numbers to 10. Two- and three- dimensional figures are taught and objects are compared and measured for length and weight.
In Social Studies, we study the world around us. Community helpers are identified, holidays are studied and the map of the United States is examined.
In Religion, the students are introduced to Catholicism. They are taught about Jesus, His family and His life.
In Science, the students are taught about matter, seeds, living things and insects.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are prepared to move on to the next level. Once my students advance to first grade, I work with their teacher to give insight into any strategies that may help those students make a successful transition.
Educational Background and Experience
I have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University. I have been teaching for over five years teaching experience in a special education classroom and inclusive classrooms. I have expanded knowledge and training in autism, ADD, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities, IEPs, and developmental goals. It has been my dream to teach kindergarten and I have finally reached that goal. I am looking forward to expanding my teaching experiences and trainings.