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Welcome to Ryan Elementary and 5th Grade!
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated as a Sun Devil from Arizona State University (Go Devils!) in May 1996 where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in History. In the fall of 1996, I began my teaching career in the Gilbert Unified School District. During my second year as an educator, I underwent CLIP (Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project) training and became certified in the program in May of 1998. In December of 1999, I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I have continued to further my education by attending conferences, seminars, graduate level classes and reading educational research and literature. I value my education and am currently pursuing my National Board Certification in Literacy. I am beginning my twenty-third year of teaching. I am also teaching pre-service teachers for NAU.
My Educational Philosophy
My philosophy of education focuses on the constructivist approach to teaching in which the students help make decisions concerning classroom community and approaches to learning the topics at hand. The teacher's role is that of facilitator. It is my responsibility to apply a wide variety of teaching strategies and learning opportunities, as well as carry out a 'fostering' role so each child can experience their fullest potential.
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