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Social Studies teacher with 2 years experience as a substitute, 1 year as a student teacher, and 6 years of volunteer work in various roles. I specialize in differentiated instruction, data driven curriculum, and authentic assessment. A New York State certified teacher, I graduated from Fordham University with an MST degree and high accolades. Finally, I hold membership with Kappa Delta Pi and NCSS as well. It is my intention to grow student confidence and widen content knowledge for students of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities through modeling literacy comprehension, critical thinking and communication skills. I believe each and every student is a valuable asset to the learning community, capable of achieving academic success. I am able to lead these young people to such success. Please click on the links on the right to learn more. You can also email me at I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Remembering D-Day: 65 Years Later

On June 6, 1944, Troops stormed Omaha Beach on the Norman coast of France in an attempt to squelch the Axis powers. My grandfather, Floyd Elmer Smith (1917-1963)--or Smitty as his friends knew him, was there as a member of the US Coast Guard. Living here in Staten Island, just blocks from the military base where he was stationed in 1943 while my mom was born, I can't help but be reminded of the brave relative I never had the honor of meeting. Many other proud Americans have their own "Grandpa Smitty" to think back on with fond memories this day. Today is their day!

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