|Subject / Grade:||8th Grade Integrated Science and 8th Grade Investigative Science|
|"Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear."|
|-- Michelle Obama|
Welcome to Casteel High! I have been teaching middle school science since 2010, and I absolutely love getting to share science with the next generation of innovators! I am proud to be part of the awesome Casteel community, and I look forward to having a fantastic year in science with all of you.
My Education and Professional Background
I have my Bachelor's degree in General Biology and Chemistry from U of A, and I am currently certified to teach middle school science as well as high school biology. I completed my Master's degree in Educational Leadership at ASU in 2016, and I am now a certified school administrator as well. Since 2017, I have been part of U of A's STEM educator graduate program called Teachers in Industry Intern. This program has been an incredible experience merging my two loves- science and education - and I will continue to apply my learning in this real-word STEM environment to the lessons I design for my classroom. Ultimately, I am a lifelong learner, and I am always seeking out new and exciting ways to make science both fun and understandable to my students. Finally, as a 2003 graduate of Chandler High School, I am thrilled to be working in the district I grew up in, and I look forward to more years of service in Arizona's #1 school district!
My Educational Philosophy
My Educational Philosophy can be summarized through the words of many great thinkers: • “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin • “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” –Albert Einstein • “The art of teaching [science] is the art of assisting discovery.” –Mark Van Doren • “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” –Carl W. Buehner • “Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity.” –Deborah Meier • The Four C’s of 21st Century Education are Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. • “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” –John Dana • “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” –Scott Hayden
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