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My name is Mrs. Malkiewicz and I'm going to be your child's Kindergarten teacher! This will be my fifth year teaching at Hampton Oaks Elementary, and my eighth year teaching. I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten, and all of the exploring and learning we get to do together. I am so eager to get to know you and your child, and hear all about your summer and the wonderful memories you created. Most of all, I can't wait to see what this school year has in store for us.
Until we get to know each other more through, here is a little about me: I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Elementary Education and hold certifications in ESOL and Gifted education. When I'm not working, I love to spend time with by husband, and our four cats: Maggie, Lincoln, Kremlin, & Penelope. I also love going for hikes, reading, and listening to records. A few of my favorite things include: long walks down every aisle of Target, iced coffee, the color yellow, collecting vinyl, and exploring all the wonderful historical sights Virginia has to offer!
My teaching philosphy is as follows: I believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful Kindergarten experience. As a teacher of the young, I share with parents the responsibility for teaching their child. I believe that each child has unique strengths, varied prior language learning experiences, and preferred learning styles. My instruction must be differentiated to provide enough challenge and enough support for all children to build on success and develop positive attitudes about learning. I believe that emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning. That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful project work into my classroom. I always look for ways to personalize learning and engage the child’s imagination. I believe that rich experiences in the many languages of art, music, drama, dance, storytelling, and play help children find personal meaning in school learning. I very intentionally use these multiple “ways of knowing” while promoting creative and higher-order thinking.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to a great school year with you and your family!