About Ms. Zelazny...
Position: 4th Grade Teacher
Welcome to the exciting world of fourth grade! Get ready for a year filled with adventure and growth. In fourth grade, we delve into captivating concepts that expand upon what you've learned in previous years. From crafting compelling five-paragraph essays to exploring the intricacies of the water cycle, and fearlessly conquering the challenges of division, this year promises to be a journey of discovery and achievement. Buckle up for a year of wonder and learning!
My Education and Professional Background
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana. Making the transition from the mountains to the desert, I've dedicated the past five years to teaching in the vibrant and sunny state of Arizona. The experience has been incredibly rewarding, and I've developed a deep affection for the dynamic educational environment here.
My Educational Philosophy
My educational philosophy centers around fostering a student-centered learning environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity, and holistic growth. I believe that every student is unique and brings their own set of strengths, experiences, and challenges to the classroom. As an educator, it is my role to create a safe and inclusive space where students feel empowered to explore, question, and collaborate.
I value the integration of technology and real-world applications in the learning process. By connecting lessons to practical situations and utilizing technology as a tool for research and expression, students can better grasp the relevance and significance of what they're learning.
Furthermore, I believe in cultivating a growth mindset in students. Encouraging them to embrace challenges, learn from failures, and persist in the face of obstacles helps them develop resilience and a lifelong love of learning.
Ultimately, my goal is to guide students in becoming not only knowledgeable individuals but also responsible global citizens who are equipped to contribute positively to society. By fostering a love of learning, nurturing curiosity, and providing a supportive learning community, I aim to empower students to reach their full potential.
The Choice is Yours! Why Choose Shumway Leadership Academy?
I was drawn to Shumway Leadership Academy due to its comprehensive approach to education. The school's commitment to providing diverse opportunities for students, such as the drama club, art club, and STEM club, resonates with my belief in holistic development. Moreover, the emphasis on social-emotional learning and leadership skills aligns perfectly with my educational philosophy, as I consider these skills crucial for students' personal and academic growth. The strong sense of community and family-like dynamic that Shumway fosters further reinforces my belief that a supportive environment enhances the learning experience. Shumway Leadership Academy truly embodies the values and principles that I hold dear in education.