Welcome to 2nd Grade! My name is Stephanie Palomarez and I will be your child's teacher this year! I am excited to get to know you and your family throughout our time together. A little bit about me: My husband's name is Manny and he is also a teacher at Hamilton High School. We have two little boys named Tripp and Parker who keep us very busy!
My Education and Professional Background
I began teaching in 2004. The first 10 years of my career were spent in Kindergarten. I then made a leap to 4th grade and was lucky enough to spend 5 fabulous years in that grade level. I realized that I was ready for a new challenge and 2nd grade was calling my name…so here I am!! I grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. After graduating from High School I attended Arizona State University (GO DEVILS!) and got my bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education.
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. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment is an ongoing process throughout the year. When the voice of each student is heard, an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves. Class meetings are one way to encourage such dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
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