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Leah

Hi, I'm Leah! I am a teacher with five years of teaching experience in the lower elementary grades. I am passionate about teaching students and helping them to meet their learning goals. My favorite area to teach is phonics, because I think it is the most important part of reading and can help a young student in so many academic areas.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Drake University - BS, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree:

 University of Saint Mary - MA, Master of Education with Teacher Leader Emphasis

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1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe each student is unique, similar to a crayon in a full box of crayons. Each crayon may have the same overall function - to provide color to a page. However, each crayon may be used to color a different object. Green can be used for grass, blue can be used for the sky, etc. An artist needs to find a place for each colored crayon. The same holds true for a teacher. I feel it is my job to discover the unique talents and interests in each of my students, and bring out their "true colors."

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would introduce myself and provide fun "getting to know you" exercises. I know students won't be able to work hard for me until they know they can trust me.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would teach them strategies to use, and provide opportunities to practice and improve in those learning strategies.