office hours: Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm
Special Education Teacher
Co-Taught VPI and Special Education Class (Mrs. Pelletier/Ms. Candy/Ms. Valerie)
Hello! My name is Candy Echague and my main role as a preschool special education teacher is to provide individualized instruction and support the development and learning of students with or without special needs through collaborative and inclusive practices. I also serve as a listener, a motivator, a facilitator, an organizer, a positive role model, an advocate for young children and their families, a coordinator, and at times a counselor. My many roles come with a lot of unique challenges but also with many rewards especially when I get to celebrate the big and small accomplishments of my students every day.
I started my teaching career as a preschool teacher at a private school in Arlington, Virginia when I came to the USA in 2011. I have earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with a Cognate Program in Education in the Philippines. I completed my Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education for grades Pre-K through 3 at the Catholic University of America in 2018. I joined Arlington Public Schools as a preschool special education teacher at Drew Elementary School in 2017. This is my third year as the preschool special education teacher in the VPI co-taught classroom at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School and I love it here! Go All-Stars!
I cherish every moment I spend time with my family. We like to spend our weekends reading, napping, cooking, volunteering in our church, visiting museums and parks, spending time outdoors on nature walks, hikes, and bike rides. I am a hobby photographer and I like to take portraits of my family or our travels. I love to read, meditate, and practice yoga. I play the piano and ukulele. I am a self-confessed lifelong learner open to learning and doing new things or acquiring new skills for fun and for personal development
I chose to share the classic children’s picture book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. The book begins with the big brown bear being asked by the narrator, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” to which it responds by telling us that it sees another animal, the red bird, looking at it. You meet the yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep, a goldfish, a teacher, and children throughout the book. As the mother of a budding reader, my little one loves to have familiar books being read to him over and over. This repetition is important and should be encouraged. As a teacher to pre-readers, this book full of rhyme and repetition captivates them with its lyrical text, engaging predictability, and vibrant, colorful animals brought to life on each page in powerful collage art. How I “see” the book over repeated readings with my kids and my students have been evolving too. The book, Brown Bear, has helped me a lot as a parent and teacher on how I “see” things through them and with them, metaphorically or literally. It has been a life-changing journey.