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Fourth Grade Teachers

Jessica Benford
Grade 4 Math and Science

Education

Baldwin Wallace University
Bachelor of Science in Education

Philosophy

I believe that each child is able to learn.  With the help of classmates and the teacher, the students can work together to ensure success.  I use technology on a daily basis to allow multiple personalities and abilities of learning to succeed.  I believe that the classroom environment should be bright, welcoming, and consistent.  I emphasize the memorization of basic facts in my math classroom to develop a stable foundation for years to follow.

I enjoy and love the students that I teach as well as the teachers and staff that I work with.  The environment is loving and welcoming.  As a newer teacher, I feel that MDA is where I belong.

Susan Homa
Grade 4 Language Arts & Social Studies

Education

Bowling Green State University Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Hearing Handicap K­12  Notre Dame College of Ohio Middle School Certification, Social Studies & Science, 4-­8   Bowling Green State University Master’s Degree, Curriculum and Instruction

Philosophy

I believe children have the right to an all-­encompassing education that will  benefit their mind, body, and soul. I believe that it is the responsibility of the  teacher to continue to build upon the foundation that was started at home  to endeavor for life-­long learning experiences. To this end, I believe a  teacher should create a nurturing, enriching, and safe environment that is  mindful of a child’s spiritual, social, emotional, and physical well­-being.  Using various means of instruction and assessment that meet different  learning modalities, I believe a teacher will then be able to ensure a  student’s ability to take control of their own learning and instill a sense of  success and fulfillment.