I believe students must attach new information to past experiences and prior known information to best encode content. Teachers must teach content through a variety of measures as every student learns differently. It is imperative for teachers to meet students needs and interests with academic content in order to motivate students and drive instruction. Teachers must continually monitor, assess and readjust instruction in order to make sure every student is reaching the full benefits of every lesson.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in English at University at Albany. Then, I obtained my Master’s Degree with my concentration in Childhood Education from Syracuse University. While completing my masters I had 5 placements, 4 of which I student taught at. After working as a paraprofessional in special education for two years, I obtained my certification in special education from taking courses at St. Rose University.
I was a paraprofessional in a self-contained classroom in Schenectady for two years. I have been substitute teaching for the past year and have held a long term substitute position as a special education teacher in grade 2 in Schenectady city school district. During the summer of 2011 and 2012, I was a teacher’s assistant for the center of disability services’ summer program.
I enjoy playing softball and tennis. I have given private lessons in tennis instruction. I enjoy photography and have taken courses in photography. I enjoy reading and am the head of a book club group.