Govalle Elementary School

 

Second Grade

Laura Gallegos

Laura Gallegos- Bilingual Team lead

Maricruz Martinez

Maricruz Martinez

Allison Eden

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I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. I went to the University of Texas in Austin.

I decided to become a teacher after I worked at a summer art camp and realized how much fun it is to work with kids and how much I loved being able to teach someone something new and affect change.

I believe in bringing together both social and academic learning throughout the day. I like the Responsive Classroom approach to creating a positive, safe, inclusive classroom that is also orderly and focused on learning.  I am passionate about teaching reading. I love reading stories with students. I believe good literature can build empathy, grow imagination, and encourage problem solving.

I also love teaching the phonics side of reading. I enjoy taking reading, which can seem so large and magical and sometimes daunting, and breaking it down into a system of rules that is manageable and teachable.

In my spare time, I like to cook. I enjoy trying new recipes and ingredients. I also enjoy reading and watching TV to relax.

Ann Star

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2nd Grade ESL Teacher

I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and attended The University of Florida, where I majored in business administration and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration. My first job entailed teaching executives how to use computers to improve data analysis and productivity.

I decided to become a teacher after having children. I returned to the workforce and decided that working with children was a great way to both be a more available parent and continue my passion for teaching and technology.

 In my spare time, I love to travel but haven’t had much of an opportunity for that in the past decade. I especially enjoy tropical places and going on eco-discovery type vacations where I can scuba dive and take pictures.

 My educational philosophy  is that I believe all children can achieve at a high level and that every child is “gifted” in some way.  Our jobs as educators and parents is helping them find that gift and teaching them how to make a career out of it! I am passionate in particular about all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and , in particular, the productive use of technology.