Welcome to 2nd grade! I am Kathy Cavanaugh and I am excited to be your child's teacher this year! This is going to be an inspirational year in Super Second Grade filled with fun, friendship, an abundance of learning, and many new adventures! I look forward to working as a team to support your child during their second grade journey.
My Education and Professional Background
I am originally from Ventura, CA. In 1997, I obtained my Bachelor's in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento. In 2002, I graduated from California Lutheran University with my Masters in Elementary Education. I hold several endorsements: English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, Gifted, and Library-Media Specialist. Before becoming a Tarwater Toro, I taught in Southern California for 4 years, at Santan Elementary for 10 years, and at Ryan Elementary for 4 years.
My Educational Philosophy
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. 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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