In 2007, I graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. I found helping children and making a difference in the world became a passion throughout high school, and I wanted to continue this idea into adult hood. Immediately upon graduation, I landed my first teaching job in Plymouth Meeting, PA at a school for children with emotional exceptionalities. I then switched gears into a public middle school in Haddonfield, New Jersey. I continued along the special education track at this school, but found there was an incredible void in my life. Being young and wanting to travel the world, I decide to pursue teaching opportunities and other adventures in Maui, Hawaii where I taught 4th grade for several years. I have always been thirsty for traveling and experiencing new cultures, and Hawaii was what I needed. I then found myself extremely homesick after having my son, and returned to New Jersey where I currently educate 5th graders in an inclusion classroom.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Bachelors, Elementary and Special Education
State Certified Teacher
I enjoy spending time with my family, going to various museums, reading, hiking, spending time on the beach, watching my son grow and learn from the outside world
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
The objective of education is for a student to realize his or her own potential for learning and strive to continue lifelong learning. Learning should not end once the school day is finished or the summer arrives. The main purpose of education is not only to take the education gained, but also to grasp the process in which the learning took place. While curriculum information is easily forgotten, the skills acquired will last a lifetime and will prove to be more imperative to success. It is important to promote these skills by differentiating instruction. By differentiating instruction, every student has a chance to find their outlet of learning and will have a chance to succeed in the classroom. Centers are a great way to achieve this idea. Students are able to chose tasks they believe will help them to be successful in completing. Centers are also a method for students to understand more about themselves and their own learning styles. Along with centers, the use of technology in the classroom is imperative for daily lesson planning. Whether it's showing an informational movie to introduce a science lesson, or to post a K-W-L chart on an overhead to allow every student easy access to the information being written down. Technology is an integral aspect in today's society, and students need to become familiar with the resources technology has to offer. Technology also helps students to become aware of not only their classroom and school community, but also the world community. Being conscious of world issues in an age-appropriate context is very important for students' learning. They need to be able to see both sides of a conflict or event. For example, when discussing World War II and the atomic bomb, it is imperative for students to feel the same impact the citizens of Hiroshima felt on their lives. When students are able to feel empathy for others, they are able to apply the same skill in the classroom setting. The teacher serves to promote individuality of the students. The incorporation of culture and interests into lessons is an asset to a successful education. It is the duty of the teacher to ensure each child brings from the classroom a plethora of knowledge about him or herself along with the information gained. The teacher must ensure each student has an equal chance to succeed in the classroom by accessing different facets of new information and technology.