office hours: Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm
General Education Teacher
VPI Class (Ms. Tagle/ Ms. Valerie)
As a VPI teacher, I believe my role is to facilitate learning and exploration. I work to provide a nurturing environment where students can become kind, independent, and persistent thinkers! I also believe in the importance of celebrating and learning about the diverse backgrounds of my students and their families.
I grew up in Arlington and attended Nottingham, Williamsburg, and Yorktown HS. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from The George Washington University. After college, I worked for two years as an ABA therapist for children with autism. Working with kids was so rewarding that I transitioned to APS as an instructional assistant in kindergarten at Jamestown ES. While working in the classroom, I earned my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Marymount University. I began teaching kindergarten at Hoffman-Boston in 2008 and three years later I moved to Pre-K. I love being an All-Star!
In my free time I love to be active-I run, practice yoga, and hike. I also enjoy baking and spending time with my family. I have two brothers and my parents still live here in Arlington.
I chose to share the book The Color Monster by Anna Llenas. The Color Monster wakes up confused one day and he’s not sure why. A friend explains that his emotions are all jumbled up. She helps the Color Monster make sense of how he feels by separating his emotions. Each one has a color: yellow shines like the sun and represents happiness; red represents anger which we can sometimes feel when life seems unfair. At the end of the story, the Color Monster learns that he feels so much better after sorting through his emotions. I love how this story describes feelings and represents them with colors. We teach students social-emotional skills in Pre-K and this story is an age appropriate and relatable way to identify and describe emotions.