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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Drake University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Saint Mary - Master of Arts, Master of Education with Teacher Leader Emphasis
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1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
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.