|Subject / Grade||4th Grade|
|"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."|
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Welcome to our wonderful fourth grade class! I have always enjoyed being a student and I LOVE my job as a teacher, so I’m looking forward to an exciting year of learning, exploration, and growth.
My Education and Professional Background
I began Kindergarten in NYC at age 4. My family moved to Arizona for 1st grade, & I still remember learning how to read in a book called Fun with Dick and Jane. Soon I was reading everything I could find. By fifth grade we had moved to California, where I had a crazy, fun teacher named Mrs. Davies, who made us work sooo hard---but what great fun we had! We made Uncle Sam hats & put on a big musical with all of America’ patriotic songs, & performed a play in Spanish of The Three Little Pigs. (I still like to sing, speak Spanish, and curate my Piggie Museum!) I ended up back in Arizona and graduated from ASU with a degree in English. I wanted to be a teacher like both of my grandmothers, so I earned a Master’s degree in Education from ASU 27 years ago, & went to work for CUSD. I taught 4th grade my first year & for 15 years after that---I must really like 4th graders! (And I taught 20 years in the CATS program---I must really know how to make kids smart!)
My Educational Philosophy
My mission as an educator is to contribute to a better world by guiding and encouraging children to realize their full potential in terms of their intellect, work ethic, confidence, creativity, and character. In partnership with parents & our Basha community, I work to provide a learning environment that is challenging, relevant, rewarding, and fun.
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