|Subject / Grade:||4th Grade|
|"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."|
|-- Albert Einstein|
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Welcome to 4th grade! My name is Christie DeCarlo-Merone. My husband and I relocated from NY in 2003 to start our family. We are blessed with a son and a daughter who bring us such joy. I am looking forward to teaching students how to be leaders, problem solvers, and critical thinkers, as well as, arming them with the knowledge they need to be successful learners. I uphold high expectations for students, and I know together we can meet them.
My Education and Professional Background
I completed my honors program and received my Masters degree in Special and Elementary Education from Manhattanville College in NY. I also majored in history and have a minor in art. I have taught every grade level focusing on students with disabilities for the past twelve years for Gilbert Public Schools. I have grown so much professionally over these years. I am passionate about continuing to participate in professional development, so I can share new ideas with parents, students and colleagues. I am particularly interested in the exploration of differentiated instruction in an effort to meet the needs of diverse learning styles.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that all students can learn and it’s my job as an educator to help cultivate their strengths and provide opportunities for growth in areas of weakness. I believe students need feedback to grow, as a result it is essential to communicate with both students and parents. It is also equally important, to build a supportive classroom community, so students feel comfortable to take risks and where mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn and grow. I think high expectations and standards should be set for students, but that I need to use a variety of instructional techniques for students to achieve their personal goals. I feel strongly that there should not be a cookie cutter classroom or one size fits all class, because students learn differently and have different interests. At the end of the day it is my goal to have students enjoy learning.
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