Hello! My main role as a teacher is to instill in my students the love of learning. With that, as an EL (English Learner) teacher assigned to third grade, my role is to support all the students in their learning journey. It might look like small learning groups, where students put meaning behind academic vocabulary, or problem-solving new math problems – it is a journey where each teacher and each student makes their contribution.
I am originally from Quebec, Canada, where I started my teaching career many years ago. I continued to move around and also taught in in California, then Japan, and finally in Virginia. My background education is formally in Special Education from the University of Montreal, reading, and English as a Second Language. I have taught from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. However, this will be my 14th year in third grade – I do love this age group!
I am an early riser and I like to exercise or go for a walk before starting my workday. I also love finishing my day with a book. My other interests are traveling to new countries, and spending time outdoors, such as going hiking in the Shenandoah mountains and other interesting areas, such as in Acadia National Park, The Smokies National Park, The White Mountains National Forest, the Glaciers of Norway, and the Noumea National Forest – yes, hiking the trails of the different national parks and forests of the countries that my family visits is at the top of my list of things to do.
One of my previous third grade colleagues shared a wonderful book that reminded her of where she grew up. Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, is a wonderful story about doing our part to make this world a better place. My colleague and I used this book to introduce the third graders to thinking about their personal goals and hopes for this new school year, and what would be their contribution.