Tell us a little something about you:
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 11 years and we have two beautiful boys. My boys who are 10 and 7 play hockey and are both goalies. Even though my name is Amanda, I normally go by Mandy. That is the usual way that I will sign things.
How long have you been teaching:
This year will be my 20th year. Wow. I can't believe it's been that long. I teach a self contained class of kindergarten children with physical and speech disabilities in a hospital school. I love my class and each year brings new challenges.
You might not know........
That my husband and I have a drag racing that we race.
What are you looking most forward to this school year?
This year I'm going to have 3 children that are non-verbal (meaning they have little or no speech). I'm really looking forward to seeing how much progress we can make this year in their communication and academic skills. I love a challenge.
What do you need to improve?
Math. I am looking forward to implementing some of the math station ideas that I have gotten from our wonderful math work station book study. I have always focused so heavily on literacy that I need to balance that out with math.
What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
Velcro. When you work with children with poor fine motor skills, Velcro is a must.
Diet Caffeine Pepsi. Seriously. I'm addicted.
My Smart board. The children love this technology.
My EA's. They are my right and left hands.
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