|Position:||First Grade Teacher|
Hello Friends! I'm so glad you came by to visit our class website. Here you can find out all of the exciting things we are doing in our First Grade classroom in the Chandler Unified School District at Shumway Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona.
My Education and Professional Background
I have been teaching for early childhood education 12 years. While attending Arizona State University, I had the opportunity to teach preschool. I started teaching two year olds and then the following semester I assisted teaching four year olds. I absolutely fell in love with the way they saw the world when I introduced new things! Once I graduated from Arizona State University, I couldn't wait to teach the primary grades. It was why I went back to school! I was lucky to find a position at Shumway teaching preschool in the morning and kindergarten in the afternoon. I taught full-day kindergarten for 5 years and this is my eighth year teaching first grade! I strive to make learning successful for each child. It is fun to watch the growth the students make in just one year!
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
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