I teach 26 first grade students at a public school in St. Bernard Parish. Teaching first grade is an extraordinary age because they are eager for every new adventure. I enjoy finding ways to get through to all of my students. My kids are incredibly driven and come from diverse backgrounds; we have many English Language Learners. First graders are like sponges because they take in information on a daily basis. I believe that the best way to help children learn is by making things accessible to them.
I teach at a Title I school in Louisiana where 100% of the students in our PreK-5 school receive free breakfasts and lunches.
In addition, our school participates in a local community program which allows students to be signed up for weekend non-perishable meals; many students we teach have reported they do not eat full meals when they are not in school.
Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things interesting and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
Our school is one that prides itself on our passion for and dedication to STEM learning. Due to severe budget issues, we seldom have the materials needed to provide our students with the STEM background that we want them to have. The House Building Engineering Center and Young Architects Design Blocks will enable them to explore and problem solve.
In my first grade classroom I see the love of creating and building and want to help nurture that passion, so they will learn problem solving skills to help them throughout their lives.
With your donation to our project, my students will have so many opportunities to build and problem solve using these high quality and highly motivational STEM challenge kits. Here's to the next generation of engineers!
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