Welcome to Our Class
Although I am not new to the field of education, I am entering my second year at Manasquan Elementary School. I have the strength of experience behind me. During my career, I've had the good fortune to teach in a general education setting, special education setting, and even served as Gifted and Talented program co-ordinator. However, I am thrilled to be in Manasquan! It is my pleasure to work in conjunction with exemplary Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade teachers. My students are welcomed into and eager to participate in all specials, snack and lunch, and special classroom/school-wide events with their grade level peers. I am also fortunate to work side by side with skilled paraprofessionals. As a result, my students benefit from having small class sizes, individualized attention, and professionals who know their specific needs, learning styles, and backgrounds. My students also receive related services from caring and talented professionals such as:
Occupational Therapist- Mrs. Jill Wells
Physical Therapist- Mrs. Barbara Boyle
Speech Therapist- Miss Nicole DeStefano
Mrs. Kelly Balon, Behaviorist
All the students' learning goals are focused on the individual's academic strengths and challenges. These academic, social, and behavioral goals are outlined in a student's Individual Education Plan or IEP. The frequency in which my students attend these related services is also based on an individual's needs and are a part of a student's IEP as well. This integrated and comprehensive approach is conducive to addressing the needs of the whole child.
I am always willing and happy to listen to a parent's concerns or need to share information pertinent to the children.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Manasquan Elementary School's phone number is 732-528-8810. My classroom extension has changed and will be posted shortly.
This call wil be received by a voicemail system that also has the capacity for me to listen to your message and get email notification of your call. However, it will not allow you to call directly into the room.
How We Learn
Children learn best when they are taught according to their learning styles (visual, auditory, kinestetic, or tactile) and interests. In our classroom, we use a variety of strategies and research based programs to guide our students' learning. You may notice there are not many "worksheets" coming home. This is because our learning is based on many hands on experiences, self discovery, and creative processes. The programs we do implement on a daily basis are: (math) EnVisions Realize, (word study) Wilson's Fundations, and Houghton Mifflin Harcout's Journeys (reading). In addition, I incorporate a variety of reading skills and strategies used by good readers in our leveled texts. Leveled text may come from a variety of sources such as Journeys, Fountas and Pinnell, or Reading A-Z. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please see the related links.