Welcome to 3rd and 4th Social Studies and Writing :)

    Welcome to another school year!  I am so happy to be your Social Studies and Writing teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  This year, we will focus on writing while exploring many different cultures.  It is my goal to create tolerant, respectful, and responsible citizens through integrated units that explore social justice.  In addition, my students practice yoga and social emotional learning daily.  I teach to the whole child in order to help them grow in every aspect.
    My favorite things to do include yoga, meditation, and travel.  I come from a diverse family background with grandparents from Ecuador, China, Germany, and Italy.   As a result, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents with my family.  We love to explore new places, culture, and people.  These experiences have helped me to learn and grow as a teacher and a professional.  It has also taught me to love and appreciate ALL children.
    This is my 14th year as a third grade teacher at James Ward Elementary.  I have an English Second Language,  Middle School,  Social Studies, and Language Arts endorsement.  I also attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate school with a focus on Political Science.  My Masters in Education is from DePaul University where I learned how to teach in an urban environment.  After graduate school, I took an additional 45 hours of graduate courses that focused on art history, classroom management, and race/culture.