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Teaching Philosophy   

The role of the teacher is to create a learning environment that is welcoming to all students. I will expose the strengths of the students, encourage them to try new things without fear of mistakes, and promote equality, respect and acceptance for all. My classroom will be a safe place where students will be excited to enter each school day. I will incorporate technology and make lessons relevant to the ever changing community of students.

No student will be left behind. 

Why am I a teacher?

1. Be the change you wish to see in the world!

The curriculum of the grade I teach is only the surface of what I teach a class. Teaching reading, writing and math gives students the tools to be successful, active member of our society. The social skills, work habits and character traits that drive students to pursue their dreams underline every lesson delivered in my classroom. 

2. Extracurricular!

The classroom is only one space for students to excel. Not every student thrives in the classroom and getting to know students outside of the classroom can build a rapport that can transfer to positive energy in the classroom. I am willing to participate in extracurricular opportunities that will enrich the experience of students within the school community.

3. 2 teach is 2 touch a life 4 ever!

Going to school each day is not work for me. I love being a teacher, love spending time with kids. Best accomplishment to date, is the look of "I GOT IT" that comes from the struggling student. 

Work History

Sep 2011Present

Grade 1 Full-Time Teacher - Fox Creek School (Grade K-12 School)

Northern Gateway Public Schools

In the classroom... 5 years teaching Grade 1

  • Developing lessons integrating technologies such as SMARTboard, document camera, iPad
  • Collaborated with various grade partners to develop day plans, unit plans, weekly activities, grade 6 buddies, and field trips
  • Have fun and learn along side students, guiding them to success

Outside of the classroom... 5 years of coaching experience 

  • Coaching grade 7-12 sports including: girls volleyball, girls and boys basketball, co-ed Cheerleading, track and field and organize over night (7pm to 7am) sporting events for grade 7-12 including badminton, volleyball and dodgeball
  • Collaborate with other teachers for Spring/Christmas concert, Tour Group, PD Committee

Core French Teacher - Fox Creek School (Grade K-12 School)

Northern Gateway Public Schools
  • Taught french to english speaking grade 4, 5, and 6 students
Feb 2011Mar 2011

St. Gabriel the Archangel - Grade 1

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Unit plans for Math 2D shapes and 3D solids and Social Studies - Mapping
  • Introduced students to three-part math lessons and familiarize students with problem based learning involving critical thinking 
Oct 2010Dec 2010

St. John Vianney - Grade 4/5

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Unit plans for Math Number Sense using three-part math lesson 
  • Incorporating SMART board technology for math, science, and religion lessons
  • Math assessments and student-collaborated rubrics 

Teacher Evaluations

Education

Sep 2010Apr 2011

Bachelor of Education

Nipissing University

with Nipissing iTeach - MACbook - using technology when teaching program

Sep 2006Apr 2010

Bachelor of Arts

Laurentian University

Honours Degree - Major in Religious Studies - Second teachable in Biology

Technology in the Classroom

My skills with technological devices, including SMARTboards and document cameras have become a seamless part of the leaning experience in my classroom. I am very willing to share my technological skills by teaching other staff members or lend a helping hand with technology troubleshooting. I have created this online Visual CV to display my technology skills and to showcase my teaching qualifications.

Lesson Plans and Unit Plans

I currently am using the Daily 5 management strategy for Language Arts. I have a great deal of knowledge about Levelled Literacy Intervention, and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking kits. I have used both with my students, and model my guided reading lessons using the LLI, a model I find very successful.  I can formatively assess students to target specific reading skills helping individual students to improve their reading skills in a classroom with a wide breadth of abilities. 

Student Work

I currently am using the Daily 5 management strategy for Language Arts. I have a great deal of knowledge about Levelled Literacy Intervention, and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking kits. I have used both with my students, and model my guided reading lessons using the LLI, a model I find very successful.  I can formatively assess students to target specific reading skills helping individual students to improve their reading skills in a classroom with a wide breadth of abilities. 

Ongoing Professional Development