I teach at the 2nd-grade level because I enjoy the independence, wonder, and love of learning that 2nd graders possess. Tavelli Elementary is a STEAM school, which compliments my teaching views that students need to be prepared with 21st century skills. Integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math with literacy into standards-based lessons is o for all students. I feel the more engaged students become, the more they are motivated to take ownership of their learning. I am a dedicated teacher who is committed to employing best practices when I teach and I maintain high academic, social, and behavioral expectations of my students. Building relationships with each student as an individual is the foundation that creates a love of learning in my classroom. Students in my classroom are invested in their learning and know their individual personalities and learning styles are a valuable part of our caring classroom community. Another important part of fostering student success is forming a partnership with clear communication between home and school. I encourage parent involvement in the classroom and love to incorporate your talents and help and in the classroom. "This classroom is a mistake making, laughter-sharing, independence building, brain stretching sort of place! Everyone matters!" This quote is a good summary of my classroom.