Every child comes to school with unique interests and learns in different ways. As an educator it is my job to tap into the interests of each child, and learn how they learn in order to best teach them. The goal of my microschool is to provide high quality, individualized instruction in order for each child to be successful. With a small class size, we are able to have personalized instruction that is exciting, memorable, and fun!
The school operates in a family home. Visits are available upon request.
With a Masters in Reading Specialty, I work tirelessly to make sure that students are being taught with the best literacy instruction possible with Social Studies integration. I incorporate all five elements of the Balanced Literacy Framework (Read Aloud, Independent Reading, Shared Reading, Word Study, and Guided Reading) to ensure that students become lifelong readers and writers. Curriculum Experience: Amplify: Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), Balanced Literacy Framework, Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading, Literacy World Wide, Jan Richardson, Lucy Calkins Readers Workshop (Teachers College), Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop (Teachers College), Fundations Phonics, Learning without Tears, Wonders, Journeys, Institute of Learning (IFL), Wit and Wisdom, Amplify Social Studies
US History, World History and Field Trips.
Math must be practical and rooted in real life application. Students will become problem-solvers and deep, critical thinkers. Curriculum Experience: Eureka Math, Investigations, Go Math
Science is an opportunity for students to be the leaders of their learning. Students participate in hands-on activities led by student inquiry. Students also complete a number of STEAM based projects that address the state standards and student interests. Curriculum Experience: Amplify Science, Hands on Science
My education began at Auburn University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Nonprofit Philanthropy Studies. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America, and began my career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Nashville, Tennessee. My first year in Nashville, I worked at Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option School, where I started a school-wide book club, fundraised and led several field trips, and was featured in The Tennessean for my work with students during Black History Month. I then spent three years teaching at Tom Joy Elementary, where I started another book club for fourth grade students, served on several district-wide curriculum and assessment committees, became a level five teacher, and served as the grade level chair for two years. In the summer of 2020 I moved to New York City, and spent this past year teaching a pod of first and third grade students in Dobbs Ferry, NY. As a pod teacher I selected and modified the curriculum to meet the needs of my students, created innovative projects and lessons, and ensured that all students are ready for the next grade.
My philosophy of teaching is that each student be treated as an individual in my classroom. I believe that each student learns differently, so as a teacher it is my job to know how each individual learns and incorporate multiple teaching methods in order for each student to be successful. I will strive to identify the strengths and the weaknesses of my students. I will challenge them in the areas where they are strong, and I will nurture them in the areas where they can grow. I understand that when a child is one of my students, they are my students even when they are not in my classroom. Because of that, I will do whatever it takes to help them be successful. I believe in my students. I will teach them, and they will learn.
I will implement my philosophy of teaching by always being prepared, always willing to learn, and always using the resources I have to benefit my students. I will use technology, collaborative learning, manipulatives, new and relevant texts, and informative assessments to help students become strategic learners. I also recognize that I cannot do my job to the best of my ability alone. I will include the parents, colleagues, and professional experts to ensure that each of my students will achieve success. While I am the child’s teacher, I recognize the integral role that parents play in education and will do my best to include parents in the education process. I will keep a professional, open relationship with my parents so that they know we are on the same team, fighting for the same thing: their child’s success.
“ A teacher affects eternity, she can never know where her influence stops”
– Henry Brooks Adams.
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I loved seeing the kids so happy and in school again - they came home with smiles on their faces and excited to talk about their day!
~ Suzie H.
Just seeing our kids excited to go to school together, settle down to their new routines and work, be reenergized, stimulated and thereby more in tune/peace with themselves and the world around them.
~ Tina S.
It was my son's first day of Kindergarten and it was great that he got to go into school, rather than sit in front of a computer for remote learning. It is a day I am sure we will all always remember.
~ Brian V.
We have been thrilled to have Mr. Nick. The children are really embracing the opportunity to have this amazing one on one time and thriving in the new learning environment.
~ Colleen C.