|Subject / Grade||First Grade CATS|
|"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."|
|-- Dr. Seuss|
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Welcome to first grade CATS! I am so excited to be teaching a wonderful group of students! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and my four-legged children. I have 3 spoiled dogs named Pepper, Sora, and Mimi. I also have 1 princess kitty named Libby Belle. This is going to be an inspirational year in first grade CATS filled with fun, friendship, lots of learning, and new adventures! We are Ryan Royals! Hear us ROAR!
My Education and Professional Background
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento in 1997. I then continued my schooling, in order to follow my first passion, teaching. In 2002, I graduated from California Lutheran University with my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. In addition, I hold several endorsements: Gifted Education, Early Childhood Education, and English as a Second Language. I began my teaching career in Oxnard, California. After 4 years I moved to Arizona where I taught at Santan Elementary for 10 years. I came to Ryan Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year and I have been so happy and proud to be a Ryan Royal ever since!
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that gifted students need to explore the depth and complexity of educational standards in order to build upon and discover their full potential. My classroom provides a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment, in which students can learn how to become lifelong learners. Throughout the year, I dedicate myself to enhancing students' independence, helping them learn how to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions in a positive way, and to take risks and work toward being successful in everything they choose to pursue. When students leave my classroom, I want them to not only 'pack and take' all educational concepts they learned during the year, but to value and appreciate their role in society. I envision them working daily to be a better person – by helping others, showing compassion, and being a leader even in difficult times.
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