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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Second Grade! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Thomas Albanese, this is my first-year teaching. I have my masters in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. I completed my student teaching in a 5th grade classroom in Southington. After completing my student teaching, I was offered a position as a building substitute in the same school. During the past three years, I gained various experiences in grades K-5. I especially fell in love with Second Grade. Throughout that time, I have seen, learned about, and demonstrated different teaching styles with a number of different learners. The school climate and experience has given me the skills and knowledge needed to flourish as an engaging educator in my own classroom. I am thankful to be a part of the St. Matthew’s Family and grateful for this dream position. I cannot wait to start the school year with your children. I hope you and your child are as excited as I am. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact me at anytime with any questions, concerns, or maybe you have something exciting happening would love to hear about it. 

                                          

                                                                         Personal Philosophy

   For the past four years I have had a garden at home with various vegetables and this year hopefully some fruits, but that is besides the point.  Starting a garden is a lot more work than just planting and watching plants grow. You need to find a spot to put it, turn over the dirt at least once a year, make beds for the plants, and then make sure it does not get overgrown through the season.  After all of this happens, you can start to worry about the smaller attributes about your garden. Looking in my own garden and seeing what a beautiful space I provide to promote growth for all of my plants is immensely satisfying. One important stage that often goes unnoticed is the placement of all the vegetables and fruits in the garden.  Many people do not know that cucumbers grow well in shady areas or that it might be better for them to be planted next to tomatoes or sunflowers. Seemingly insignificant choices like these can change the entire flow of your space. Something else to take into consideration is that some plants do better with different types of fertilizers or maybe none at all.  They just need a little water and the plant can manage on its own with little to no guidance. Now comes the heart of this entire endeavor, seeding. Some plants need a head-start, so they should be started earlier. While others can be put in the ground when you plant your whole garden. Many people would not take on this chore. When your plants begin to flourish,  it is evident that your time, dedication, and patience were worth the wait. 

   Bringing my gardening mindset into the classroom, I will be able to help all different types of learners that I will encounter through my years of teaching. Similar to the growth of plants, all children need different things to flourish and grow. Each one needs to be nurtured in his or her own way. Something that intrigues me is finding ways to help each student succeed and creating an environment that optimizes the growth of each “seed.” Being able to adapt to any situation and helping young minds move forward in their education is my goal. Children, no matter the age, benefit from an educator who is willing to adapt, change, and problem solve no matter the situation. When you have students who need differentiated instruction you can treat this situation just like a tomato plant that needs epsom salt to improve their root structure. For me to change different aspects of the learning experience to accommodate different students whether they need larger text or more one on one help I will make sure students are getting the help they need. As a teacher, it is imperative to assist children who are struggling and help them reach their full potential. I will always be there to “tend” to their needs and provide them with the support they need to flourish.