Welcome to my classroom! I will be working with 1st, 5th and 6th grade students. This will be my fourth year teaching in Arizona, after having taught in Japan and Guam for the past 15 years as an ESL and SPED education teacher. I play the string bass along with my husband on piccolo at a church orchestra in the East Valley. We enjoy visiting places that are very unique to Arizona and making fun memories with our two young stars.
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated from Yokohama National University in Japan with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. After graduation, I taught in the public schools in Japan. In 1997, I received my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from University of California, Riverside extension. Upon returning to Japan, following the next ten years, I worked as an ESL instructor at elementary through high school, as well at colleges, government and corporate sectors. During my teaching years on Guam, I was trained as a SIOP (The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) coach for the school I was with. In 2010 I received my Master’s degree in Special Education from University of Guam. Since then I have been teaching Special Education.
My Educational Philosophy
“The great sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” - Maria Montessori I believe all students will be able to find their own brand of success through their own efforts. This may be done by trial and error with a bit of struggle. However, I believe with all my heart that these experiences will eventually lead students to learn how to get up from a fall and try again. My goal as an educator is to identify my student’s strengths and uniqueness and thus be able to provide for my students guidance and support for learning. . I am there to encourage and motivate my students walking side by side with them, while creating a safe learning environment where they can freely try new skills and activities without being afraid of making errors.
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