Welcome! It will be an awesome year of growing, playing, and learning in Kindergarten!
My Education and Professional Background
I have been teaching Kindergarten and 2nd Grade since 2001. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education and an ESL endorsement. I also have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Reading Specialist Endorsement from Northern Arizona University.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that a respectful and caring relationship along with open communication with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful kindergarten experience. I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful work into my kindergarten class. I always look for ways to personalize learning and engage the child's imagination. My high expectations for learning keep my students (and myself) challenged and reflective. I believe in hands-on and multiple 'ways of knowing and doing' while promoting creative and higher-order thinking. I believe that my students deserve to be in an environment where they feel safe and can take risks in learning. I want them to be in a caring community, 'a school family', where they feel valued, celebrated, and can develop a love of learning!
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