|Subject / Grade||6th Grade Gifted|
|"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice."|
|-- Brian Herbert|
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I am looking forward to a year filled with learning that will be enriched by a multitude of hands on projects centered around specific content areas. Our classroom will move through review and new concepts quickly, which is why the establishment of procedures will be vital in the beginning. At Jacobson, we will be working to enrich content knowledge by engaging students in discussions, collaborative and individual projects, and I look forward to getting to know you and your student.
My Education and Professional Background
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education; including two endorsements in Early Childhood Education and English/Language Arts from a tiny private school in Iowa; Mount Saint Clare College in December of 1997. I worked as a substitute in the Clinton Community Schools in Iowa. When I moved to Arizona, I began teaching junior high Science and English/Language Arts. I have 12 years teaching experience including two years as the Director of Education for Huntington Learning Centers. Following 8 years of being home to raise my own children, I was hired to complete a school year as a 4th/5th combo teacher. I returned home for two more years during which I volunteered at Jacobson. I was a long term substitute at Jacobson in 6th grade gifted and 1st grade during the 2017-2018 school year. I am thrilled to be a permanent part of Jacobson as your student's 6th grade gifted teacher this year!
My Educational Philosophy
My belief is that a classroom should be filled with a multitude of resources that will enrich learning while challenging students to stretch a bit further in their education. Within the Gifted realm, this means that there will be a quick pace for learning, students will be challenged to work at a high level. In fact, there will be times when students will be stretched beyond their comfort zone, but this is because, as an educator, I know that the area just outside of a student's comfort zone is where most learning occurs. The Gifted program allows students to demonstrate their understanding in a multitude of ways. I believe that students must be taught how to take responsibility for their learning by working at an extremely high level, being able to communicate ideas to collboartive groups and most importantly, be extremely proud of their work.
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