Welcome to third grade! It is a year full of responsibilities and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to a great and exciting year.
My Education and Professional Background
This is my 25th year teaching, 23 in the Chandler District, and my fourth year at Patterson. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and 5th grade. This will be my fourth year teaching 3rd grade. I graduated from NAU in 1991 with a degree in elementary education. In 1996 I went back and got my masters in Educational Leadership at NAU, but decided I loved the classroom too much to leave.
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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