Submitted by Denair Elementary Charter Academy
Class Act – 10 questions for a Denair teacher
Name: Stephanie De Muro
Family: Husband Jason and son Casper
School: Denair Elementary Charter Academy
Subject taught: Special education for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade
Experience and education: For my undergraduate degree, I attended Johnson & Wales University in Denver. I received my Master’s degree at CSU Stanislaus and my Multiple Subject and Special Education Credentials at Brandman University.
Why most inspires you about teaching? My students. I love it when they finally grasp a concept and I see the light come on. They keep me searching and learning about new ways to teach them. I want them all to succeed. My students inspire me to do the best I can for them.
What are your biggest challenges as a teacher? The biggest challenge for me as a special education teacher is planning for all of the different levels of students I work with. I also have to be a scheduling genius to be able to juggle an SDC class and RS caseload. I have to be very organized and on top of all my deadlines, which can be challenging at times.
What is your favorite teaching tool or activity? I love teaching math and bring in a lot of manipulatives and hands-on activities to bring real meaning to math. Math can be very difficult for my students and showing them how it pertains to the real world is important for their learning.
How has Common Core affected your classroom strategy? My students are unique and because of the way they learn I was already using some of the concepts that Common Core is teaching. I use a lot of hands-on activities and tools to help teach concepts. I think the biggest challenge with Common Core has been the curriculum. It assumes my students have more foundational knowledge than they do and there is not a lot of review. A concept is taught and mastery is expected; that is not the case with my students. I do a lot of re-teaching and spiraling. Continue reading “Class Act! 10 Questions for Stephanie De Muro” »