Dobbs Ferry Elementary Microschool

Grades:
K - 5
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Outdoor space
Textbooks included
Parking

Mission & Vision Statement

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!

About the space

The school operates in a family home. Visits are available upon request.

Curriculum

ELA
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

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

Social studies
US History, World History and Field Trips.

US History, World History and Field Trips.

Math
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

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
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

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

Location

Schedule

8:30 - 9:00
Arrival and Morning Recess
9:00 - 9:30
Morning Meeting and Interactive Read Aloud.
9:30 - 10:00
Reading and Writing Block.
10:00 - 10:30
Snack and Recess. Math Block.
10:30 - 11:00
Math Block (continued).
11:00 - 11:30
Lunch and Recess.
11:30 - 12:00
Social Emotional Learning and Executive Functioning and Independent Reading.
12:00 - 12:30
Science/PBL.
12:30 - 1:00
Specials (gym, art, music, yoga, etc.)
1:00 - 1:30
Specials (continued). Dismissal

Calendar

You can adjust the calendar with your teacher to meet your needs.
August 31st
First day of school
September 3rd - 6th
Labor Day
November 11th
Veteran's Day
November 22nd - 23rd
No school; conferences
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - 31st
Winter break
February 22nd - 25th
February break
April 14th - 22nd
April break
May 26th - 27th
No school; conferences
May 30th
Memorial Day
June 10th
Last day of school
August 31st
First day of school
September 6th
Labor day
September 7th
Yom Kippur
October 11th
Columbus Day
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - January 5th
Winter break
January 17th
Martin Luther King Jr. day
February 14th - 18th
February break
March 28th - April 1st
Spring break
April 20th
Easter
May 30th
Memorial day
June 10th
Last day of school

Dobbs Ferry Elementary Microschool

Grades:
K - 5
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Outdoor space
Textbooks included
Parking
Teacher
Meredith
Z.
Executive Functioning
Math
Reading
Art
Literacy
...
About
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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.

Teaching philosophy
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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.

Educational Beliefs:

  1. ALL children deserve access to an excellent education.
  2. School must be a safe space where children can learn, grow, and develop into worldly citizens.
  3. Learning must be filled with laughter and joy!
  4. Reading is essential and it is my job to aid children in developing a deep love for reading.
  5. Informatively assessing students drives highly personalized instruction.
  6. Goal setting and self-reflection for both teachers and students allows for maximum learning to occur.
  7. Mistakes are encouraged as they aid in the learning process.
  8. Celebrate any victory, no matter how small!
  9. Curating creativity and student-lead inquiry enhances the learning process.
  10. Above everything, lead with love.
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1550
/ Month
Seats left at this price
2
Application deadline
May 15, 2021

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