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I love to teach. I come to and leave work every day with a smile.
I grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in Maine, and have lived in both southern and northern California. One of my parents is from the USA, the other from Portugal. Some of my favorite things include cooking, theatre, dark chocolate, books, European board games, and my cats.
I am highly qualified to teach Elementary School, Mathematics through Middle School, and Language Arts through High School. I have experience in teaching children, teenagers, and adults. I also have human service experience outside the classroom that informs my teaching, especially in regards to classroom management and handling the personal issues of my students that arise from time to time.
Through direct-instruction, we learn about our world, guided by the Core Knowledge sequence. A constructivist by training, I also work a great deal student-directed time into our learning process.
Developmentally (according to Piaget), fifth graders are moving from concrete thinking to formal (or abstract) thinking. We greet this developmental milestone with an increased focus on the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
My teaching style is also informed by the works of Claire Graves and Fred Jones.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — The 14th Dalai Lama
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” — Eleanor Roosevelt