|Position:||6th Grade Teacher|
Welcome to Ryan Elementary and 6th 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 a neighboring district. 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 received my National Board Certification in Literacy in December 2021. I am beginning my twenty-sixth year of teaching, my fifth at Ryan Elementary!
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 developing lifelong learners. 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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