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I am THRILLED to be your child’s fourth grade teacher! We’re going to have an extraordinary year, full of learning and new adventures. Since we will all be authors (among other things) this year, I would like to share a piece of my autobiography with you.
This will be my second year teaching grade 4 at NES! I am overjoyed by this. There are many projects, field trips, and learning engagements to look forward to! I won't give them away, but I do know that we will work together to ensure your child has a successful year!
In May 2014, I finished my Master’s degree at The University of Pennsylvania in Reading, Writing, and Literacy. Prior to graduate school, I taught internationally: two years in Italy and then four years in Singapore, which boasts one of the best educational systems in the world. My interest in traveling the world may have been born of my immigrant background; my family moved to the U.S. from Ukraine when I was seven. I still speak Russian with my family, and even with Lenny, my Wire Fox Terrier. Despite my travels, Council Rock is where I feel at home, having attended elementary, middle school and high school here. I have some fond memories of heading the cheerleading squad and editing the 2003 yearbook. In addition to reading and teaching, I am passionate about dance and physical fitness. (Do not be alarmed if your child begins to do handstand walks during their homework break.)
My teaching philosophy stems from inquiry based learning, where students are at the center. They are the ones asking questions, guiding their own research, and making learning relevant to their lives. I see myself as a facilitator of learning, not a keeper of knowledge. I encourage my students to work collaboratively and cooperatively, which builds their socioemotional and communication skills. I work to promote the highest level of respect, honesty, and responsibility in my classroom. I also honor my students’ unique backgrounds and welcome the knowledge that they bring. I work to instill in students the will to push themselves, and believe they learn best in a supportive, differentiated, and hands-on environment.
I look forward to “reading” your children’s stories, be it through the anecdotes they share, the photographs they bring in, the images they draw, the connections they make in class, or, of course, the things I will learn about them from you.
Here’s to an engaging and enlightening year ahead!