Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Welcome to my Online Teaching Portfolio!

2017 Educators of America Educator of the Year

2016-17 Alexander Central School District Teacher of the Year

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my love for education with you.  This website will guide you through the many facets of my life commitment to education.  I believe that my role as an an educator is divided evenly into 3 areas of focus:

1. Creating academically competent students who are college and career ready.
2. Nurturing the growth of strong leaders who are passionate about making positive changes in their world.
3. Encouraging students to take initiative and create their own opportunities for success both inside and outside of the classroom.

My teaching practices are founded in the belief that students need to be educated beyond traditional academics.  I seek to infuse leadership development into my classroom teaching and I encourage students to step outside of their comfort zones and take risks.  If you walk into my classroom, you won't see a significant amount of lecturing, but rather students may be immersed in centers, engaging in a researched debate, using technology in innovative ways, solving a complex multi-step problem with their peers, or learning a song to easily remember difficult material.  

If you have any questions, please email me at Colleen@MissMcNamara.com.