Hello and welcome! First Grade CATS at Knox Gifted Academy is dedicated to helping students build a love of learning in a supportive and energetic learning environment. Through opportunities to experiment and problem solve we hope to inspire our students to become life-long learners.
My Education and Professional Background
My journey as an educator began when I graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Early Childhood Development and Marketing. After several years teaching in the charter school system, I earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education along with a reading endorsement from Northern Arizona University. After teaching multiage and inclusion classes, I decided to branch out and look for other opportunities to grow as an educator. I happily accepted a position as a first grade teacher at Knox Gifted Academy starting in 2014.
My Educational Philosophy
My educational practices are based in the belief that children learn best through exploration and project based experiences. I believe that learning happens when students are given opportunities to explore materials and concepts while employing questioning strategies. The role of the educator is to guide students as they develop their understanding of the world. When students are given the opportunity to make discoveries, their learning is more meaningful and lasting. Children also need the opportunity to study and work in cooperative learning environments where they can both learn from the strengths of their peers and share their own strengths.
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