|Subject / Grade||First Grade|
|"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."|
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Welcome! I am excited to be your child's teacher this school year. It's going to be an amazing year of learning new and exciting things for your child. I am looking forward to a wonderful year creating a community of lifelong learners!
My Education and Professional Background
As I was growing up I had a passion for learning new things. Once I began thinking about going to college and what career I wanted to have, I knew teaching was for me - I truly enjoy teaching! Fortunately, I have been teaching since 1988. My teaching career began in California where I taught in central valley as well as the bay area. In 2000, we moved to Arizona and I have been teaching in Chandler Unified since then. Even though I have spent time teaching in all grades K-6 and as a reading specialist, my heart is with the early years, K-2. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Fresno. In addition I have a Reading endorsement, an Early Childhood Education endorsement, and English as a Second Language endorsement in Arizona as well as a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that every child is special and that learning should be a lifelong goal. I want to help students discover that learning can be exciting and fun but will require work on their part. A positive attitude toward school in the early grades is important for future academic success. I would like to work as a team (school & home) to encourage and inspire a love of learning in each child. My personal goal is to take each child from where he/she is now to as far as they can go in this school year at Hancock Elementary.
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