April Taylor

April Taylor

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

Masters of Science

University at Albany - SUNY
Jan 2004 - May 2005

Initial Teacher Certification

Texas State University - San Marcos
Jan 2000 - Aug 2003

Bachelor of Science

Texas A&M University

Educational Philosophy

Classrooms have one thing in common, students with varying levels and skills. In the science classroom students should explore and inquire about the natural world around them. I have found that it is essential to provide each student with a learning experience that boosts academic skills, knowledge, and social interaction. Through the use of collaborative grouping and inquiry learning, students sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills required for success in the twenty-first century.

In my classroom I create a framework of high expectations beyond what is required, while simultaneously offering support for students to meet those demands. By creating intriguing lessons with standards that challenge all learners I hope to inspire children to become successful lifetime learners. With each new year of teaching it is evident that thinking outside the box is what grabs and maintains the attention of students in a classroom. Ingenuity is fundamental for any teacher who wishes to challenge students. Through a broad range of experiences creativity is fostered and I have had my share of enlightening experiences. My insatiable curiosity, determination to find solutions and desire to share what I have learned for the betterment of society make me a natural teacher.

Courses Taught

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Regent Living Environment

Chemistry in Society

Skills

Skills

Traveling

My passport can attest to the many countries I have visited throughout my lifetime. I had the pleasure of growing up as an Army BRAT (Born, raised, and traveled). My memories consist of living in Germany both before and after the Berlin Wall came down. Throughout my time in Germany, I did not become fluent but continue to master the language of German by watching American Television shows that have been dubbed in German.   My family and I spent many weekends and vacations traveling across Europe. Once in College I managed to continue to travel inside and outside the United States. If you have never traveled to any National Parks out in the western portion of the United States I highly recommend it. Wyoming offers Yellowstone, Grand Teton while California boasts the Redwood and Yosemitie, and Montana offers the breathtaking Glacier national Park.

Computer Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher.   Dabble in web page design using Dreamweaver.

Certifications

Certifications
May 2011 - May 2016

General Science 7-12 Extension

New York State Department of Education
Jan 2005 - Jan 2016

Physical Science 8-12

Texas State Department of Education
Jan 2005 - Jan 2016

Life Science 8-12

Texas State Department of Education
Sep 2007 - Sep 2012

Initial Biology 7-12

New York State Department of Education