I am a dedicated teacher from New York City currently located in Spain. I received my MST in Childhood General and Childhood Special Education. In addition to engaging in private tutoring, I have also worked in private schools in the Manhattan area.
I encourage my students to develop their questioning skills and take control of their learning. My proudest moments as a teacher are when a child goes home and independently researches or reads about a topic because a lesson has piqued their curiosity. In addition, school content should be both challenging and applicable to the students experience outside the classroom. Delpit argues for this dual aspect of learning that is both relevant and challenging in her work Multiplication is for White People.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Barnard College - Bachelors, French
Graduate Degree: Fordham University - Masters, Childhood General and Special Education
Classical Ballet, Tap, Classical Piano, Art
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
It is the teacher's responsibility to foster a stimulating and encouraging classroom. School content should be both challenging and applicable to the student's experience outside the classroom. It is also important for children to take control of their own learning. Two different educational strategies of encouraging children to take on the responsibility of their own learning and critical thinking are questioning and the gradual release method. I will often begin a new science unit by asking children to write down all of their questions about the topic, for instance. I may open a new topic with a KWL chart or ask children to pose their own questions after several readings of a particular ELA passage. Children are, by nature, inquisitive, and I try to encourage their curiosity about our school topics whenever possible. I have used project based learning at my most recent school of employment, where I open with an essential question and encourage students to answer by researching in a small group and creating individualized products.