Recently, when walking into a store, my 6 year old pulled away from me when I went to take his hand. When I asked him why he didn’t want to hold my hand, he said, “mom, I don’t need to hold your hand, I will walk next to you.” I have been dreading this moment […]
When I was first introduced to the book, Good to Great, I was a HS English teacher and my then Principal encouraged me to read this book. While reading Good to Great, I was encouraged and inspired by Jim Collin’s simple message: we all have the ability to achieve greatness. As a teacher this inspired […]
This past week we presented at our district annual technology conference. I had the opportunity to present with Taryn Lehman, a Caruso ELA teacher as well as Amy Rubin our Director of Assessment. Even though the basis of the conference was focused on technology, we discussed the importance of how technology supports pedagogy. During our […]
Today is the last day of school for our CMS 8th grade students! To honor and celebrate their future journey into high school, we put together this little video (see below). Congrats class of 2015 and best of luck in high school!
As I end my first year at Caruso, I thought it would be fitting to compile a list of the top 10 things that I learned this year at CMS! In no particular order… 10. CMA, STEM, MPR, DI, GI, LDC, DCA, PLC, LMC are all acronyms used frequently at Caruso to describe classes, locations, […]
This blog post is dedicated to Caruso Middle School’s Art Teacher, Cary Berzock. Cary is retiring this June after 37 years of teaching (21 years as a teacher at Caruso). I had the pleasure of speaking with Cary a few weeks ago about his thoughts regarding teaching, Caruso and his legacy. The following is a […]
As 2014 ended and 2015 began, with it came an exciting change in my life: my journey towards earning a doctoral degree! For the past few years, I researched schools, programs and talked to my fellow educators who have already completed this exciting journey. At the beginning of the new year, I started my multi […]
“In elementary school, 74% of girls say they are interested in math and science classes. But women only make up about 26% of STEM workers. Why is that?” questions Time journalist Erin Dockterman in the article “Chelsea Clinton: Schools Need to Support Girls in STEM“. In an effort to increase greater participation in a historically […]
A few days ago the Emmy’s took place in California and I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to watch the awards ceremony. However, a few days later, I heard that during Aaron Paul’s (no relation!) acceptance speech, he praised his wife’s work in creating an organization that promotes kindness to other girls (to see Aaron’s […]
Today, was a fantastic start to the 2014-2015 school year! We have a few new team members this year. To help the community get to know them better, we have put together a fantastic Prezi presentation. Please join me in welcoming our newest Caruso Bluejays!