What do you do to engage your students? What makes your classroom unique?
Second grade is a year filled with challenges, added responsibility, and fun! One thing I've started this year is having the class take short stretching breaks during the day. The students love doing the modified yoga, and it helps keep everyone focused on our lessons.
How are you responding to the Common Core shifts?
In my 25-plus years of teaching there have been many changes. I am always learning and trying to keep up with new ideas and adjust my teaching to meet those challenges.
What do you feel is the most exciting thing about teaching?
Connecting with each child is the most important key for a student's success. Through these connections I've experienced great joy! I see each child as unique. It is my ultimate goal to honor and help each child discover their personal value and educational potential. In my years at Glens Falls, I have had immense support and will be forever grateful.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I was raised in Tupper Lake, later attended Cazenovia College, and then went on to Potsdam State where I earned both my bachelor's and masters degree. Some highlights were being able to student teach in England and later teach at the Campus Learning Center. My first year at Glens Falls City Schools was at Sanford Street School teaching 5th grade. After that I came to Big Cross and have been here since.