Name: Staci Andrews
School: Delevan Drive Elementary School
Located: Los Angeles, California
Number years teaching: 21
What do you teach and to what grade(s)?
I teach a third-grade SEI class. Most of my students are English learners. I also teach a fourth-grade intervention class after school three times a week.
Why do you like what you teach?
I love to teach because it never feels like I am working. Every day is fun, and I enjoy the reward of seeing my students learn something new or accomplish something they have struggled with during the school year.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
I am not sure if I always wanted to be a teacher. I think I always loved kids and people. Teaching keeps me connected to both. The bonus is I love going to work.
Why do you like to teach with hands-on products?
I like to teach with hands-on products because it gives students the upper hand in learning. They are in control of what they do and how, which allows them to gain a better understanding of the task at hand. Additionally, when working with hands-on products, students feel like they are playing, which helps to reinforce that learning can be fun.
How does using hands-on products improve the students’ learning experiences?
Students become more engaged, work better in cooperative groups, and feel a sense of ownership when working with hands-on products.
How long have you been using Pitsco Education products?
I am excited to try Pitsco Education products. This will be my first time, but I have looked on the website and am very excited.
What is your favorite Pitsco Education product and why?
The first item I will put in my shopping cart is the Making Your Own Ruler class pack. I am excited because this will further help my students’ understanding of fractions, measurement, and line plots.
What's your greatest teaching accomplishment?
I don’t know if I have just one teaching accomplishment; there are several. I feel the most accomplished when I can make a positive difference in my students’ lives. I just had a former fourth-grade student visit me this week who moved to Japan the summer after she left my fourth-grade class. She came for a visit to the States and chose to stop and visit me before she went home. Another of my students is a freshman at a very prominent school in Louisiana on a full four-year scholarship. For her senior project last year, she asked to work in my class. I had another student who was put in foster care before he left my school and was finally adopted by his grandmother in Texas. He came back last summer to visit me and is doing well as a sophomore. My greatest accomplishment is seeing my former students after they have matured and hearing how much it meant to them to be in my class.
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