Philosophy in Education
My Philosophy of Education
philosophy of education has always been based on teaching through
discovery. The constructivist approach views learning that is
actively constructed by the learner. As a reading teacher I know
that a student cannot learn a new vocabulary word unless that word is
attached to prior background knowledge. In the constructivist
approach, the leaner is never a passive participant. The learner
continually modifies what they know based on prior experience. “I
hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” –
Confucius. I believe that the constructivist approach is essential
in education because encourages “hands-on” learning where the
activities and assignments are “student centered”.
have over 15 years experience in the field of education and I am
currently working in an administrative capacity as the Department
Leader of Literacy (Reading) and Academic Intervention Services (AIS).
As part of my responsibilities: I research and implement programs
for all students including - ESL students, Special Education
students and students who require interventions such as the Orton
Gillingham Wilson Reading Program, Scholastic READ 180, Reading
Recovery, Leveled Literacy Intervention and many more depending on
the student’s needs. These interventions are included into the
Response to Intervention (RTI) model being developed for an
hold an SDA, SAS and SBL certification. I also hold NYS
certifications in Reading and Special Education, K – 12. My
resume fully reflects my experience in education to date. My
experience and leadership roles in education currently include -
Reading and Literacy, Academic Intervention Services (AIS) as well a researching and implementing
standards based programs for a diverse student body.
I am a member of the district Curriculum Council where
curriculum and standards for grades K - 12 are written,
implemented and evaluated. Response to Intervention (RTI)
is the most current mandate being worked on for implementation
by the Curriculum Council members.
I am a member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) where
students are tested and recorded in the "IEP Direct" database.
I am also a member of the Pupil Personal Services (PPS) team
which meets weekly to discuss the appropriate academic and
behavioral interventions for students in need.
As a district grant writer and I have been awarded
grants such as the Title I (currently named the Consolidation
Grant) and the Safe and Drug Free
Schools grant. I applied for many, many grants. I
worked very hard to win a grant called the "Two way Dual
Language Immersion Grant". It was announced with very
little time to do research and to comfortably submit. I
worked up until the last minute and my poor husband drove it to
the Hicksville post office to have it stamped and sent on time.
I was so disappointed when I learned that the parameters of the
awardees and been changed and that less than 50% of the total
number of possible recipients had been eliminated. It was
a great learning experience and may possibly do my dissertation
on that topic after doing all the research for the grant.
Adjunct Professor - 13 years at
Suffolk County Community College (SCCC). I have taught many
courses at Suffolk County Community College. This is an
excellent two-year school. It offers top notch courses taught
by some of the best professors in their field. This college
gives students the ability to receive an excellent education at an affordable
price. All of the courses that the students take at SCCC are
100% transferable to any State University of New York School (SUNY)
as well as St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. I am
currently teaching PC63 "The Exceptional Child." This
course deals with Special Education, the laws, the litigation that
created the laws we have today, IDEA - PL94-142, The Americans with
Disabilities Act - ADA, and the 13 disability categories outlined in
Part 200 and IDEA. Teaching at the college level is very
different than being a public school teacher. Even though I am
exhausted by the end of the week, I always look forward to teaching
my night class at SCCC each week.
The Exceptional Child - PC63 Honors Course
Teacher Expectation - Based on the research of
Carol Dweck Ph.D.
"People are always
looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change
everything. There is no single magic bullet."
you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the