About me

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Hi!  Welcome to my blog site!  My purpose for sharing my stories is to inspire my fellow educators.  One of my favorite classroom activities is to tell stories to my students.  Sharing stories is the oldest method of building relationships, fostering community, and entertaining each other.  So here you will find anecdotal accounts that will move you, inspire  you, and even bring you to laughter.  Enjoy!

Here’s a little bit about me:

I am an elementary school teacher at Magic Years International School in Bangkok, Thailand.  I teach because I want to foster each child’s experience of the world so that he or she will become a caring, autonomous and contributing member of his or her local and international community. I currently hold a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an elementary school teaching license in New York State.

I dedicate my efforts toward the design and implementation of a balanced curriculum, which honors both project-based constructivist learning as well as content-driven and skills-based instruction.  I’m a big fan of the Reggio Emilia approach and the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, in which an educator views the child as a citizen of the world, and values the child as a competent partner in the process of discovery. Through this educational philosophy I help children combine real-life problem-solving skills with different opportunities for them to engage in creative thinking and real life exploration. My educational philosophy is snuggly supported by the importance of play.  I believe that even with the most rote activities in the classroom – such as memorizing the times tables – an element of fun can be added to the learning.

I get as excited about using  Sharpie Pens as hungry cats do when they hear the sound of a can of wet food being popped open.  If you’re a teacher, you know what the sight of those Sharpies does to your brain.   I smile at the sight of newly sharpened #2 pencils; and I love building with wooden blocks.  Field trips are totally rad, and I love taking them with my students and applying them to the current project at hand.  My favorite color is orange, my favorite animal is a sloth, and I publicly celebrate my students’ success any chance I get.  My favorite outdoor game is freeze tag.  My favorite indoor game is freeze tag. My favorite number is 14.  I like taking pictures of all kinds of stuff, and I love writing stories about everything, and I like cats. When I grow up I want to be a teacher.

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. huh… i didn’t know your favorite animal was a sloth…. actually i think i remember you saying something about that when i was in 2st grade…

    1. I like sloths because they are so laid back. They like to move slowly as if to think deeply about every single move. We could learn a thing or two from them. Plus, they always seem to be smiling. And they’re so cute!

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