I currently work at a STEAM Elementary Flagship School teaching math. Prior to, I worked with Klein ISD as a Gifted and Talented 4th grade Math an Science teacher. I have a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with certification in Developmental Disabilities from Florida State University, and a master's degree in Childhood General and Special Education 1-6 from Adelphi University. I have also received certification from the state of Texas to teach Generalist EC-6, and Special Education EC-12. I have taught all subjects in a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom, provided small group RTI for grades 3-5, and 2nd grade for the past six-years.
Having six and a half years of teaching experience, and a master's degree, I feel I can contribute to your child's education in many ways. I have been appointed lead teacher to act as liaison between other teachers and administration. I coordinated team initiatives to incorporate technology and various software within lessons. I aim to motivate scholars to achieve the critical thinking skills needed to attend college preparatory schools, through classroom themes. I facilitated whole group discussion for inquiry topics, and I implemented a successful reading and writing workshop based on individual needs. I have experience modifying teaching techniques to fit students multiple intelligence and learning styles. I created and organized community building events that foster educational celebration. Finaly, I have tutored students in third grade for their NYS exams as well as fourth and fifth grade Texas STAAR.
When I think about teaching, I become naturally excited. I continuously brainstorm different lessons and meaningful experiences I can bring into my own classroom. I am passionate about learning and teaching. Being an educator provides me the opportunity to make a difference in each child's life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelor of Science, Speech pathology
Graduate Degree: Adelphi University - Master of Science, General & Special Education
Crocheting, kayaking, volunteering, dogs, biking, reading, and attending conventions.
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher. I would translate my educational philosophy into the classroom by providing students with a positive, enriching, healthy, and holistic educational environment. I am diligent, versatile, and creative. I aim to help students obtain their highest level of achievement. I strive to empower students with meaningful knowledge--knowledge that aids in creating interconnections between self and society, through providing tools needed to become lifelong learners. My teaching practices reflect differential multidisciplinary lesson plans tailored to the complex individualized process of learning. I incorporate community-reflective, historical, and diverse activities. I strive to facilitate creative lessons that provide opportunities for artistic expression and explorations. I aim to infuse knowledge, compassion, excitement, structure, and dedication into my classroom. I value the impact teachers make on student's lives. I feel learning is very important for success, and every child should have that opportunity to strive for the best. Supplying all students with the tools needed to learn is important, because it provides an equal opportunity to succeed. My collegiate career and life experiences have inspired me to actively use my skills to teach children. As a teacher, I make it my goal to provide each student with an enriching and positive educational experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Identify learning style and areas of strength.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by increasing their confidence through incorporating their areas of strength.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by keep the information relevant and interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Present the skill or concept using a different learning style with a hands-on application component.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Listen for fluency while reading and have comprehension discussions around the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Build rapport and mold the task to their interests to make the information more engaging.