M.Ed. in Specialist Teacher of Reading | Jeannine Bissonette
Language and Literacy are two deep seated passions of mine. Over the course of the past year, I have had the privilege of engaging in multiple graduate courses that will eventually license me as a Literary and Reading Specialist. These experiences have pushed me to grow as an educator and readjust my curriculum to ensure the success of all students. After all, what better place to establish this foundation and spark a passion for exploration than in Pre-K, where language and literacy are just beginning to flourish.
Two courses that the Teacher's Fund supported include Content Area Literacy and Culturally Responsive Teaching. In Content Area Literacy, I worked alongside brilliant educators to identify the unique lenses and skills young children need to acquire in order to feel confident as readers, mathematicians, historians, scientists, and writers. This experience has encouraged me to become more metacognitively aware of my instruction, as I teach students how to explore, investigate, describe their ideas, and draw conclusions. In Culturally Responsive Teaching, I collaborated with educators from around the world to engage in continuous self-reflection, adapt curriculum, and be a more active advocate and activist in our community. At Apple Orchard, my goal is to establish a warm learning environment that honors my students' identities and encourages exploration of new/different perspectives every day.
Because of the Teacher's Fund, I have been able to fulfill my lifelong goal to pursue and earn a Masters in Education. I am eternally grateful to you for donating to the Teacher's Fund and for providing me with the means to grow and be challenged as an educator.