Welcome to Grade 3!
My name is Mrs. Castellani and I teach third grade. I have been a teacher for 23 years in the Belleville School System. I have been teaching 3 years in my favorite grade thus far...3rd!. Before that, I taught Kindergarten for 11 years,and even before that, 5th grade for 4 years; pevious to that, I spent 4 years as a second grade teacher and my first year was as a first grade teacher. You can say I have had a great amount of experience with many age groups and curriculum.
My "BA" is in Elementary Education and Sociology and my Master' s Degree is in the Art of Teaching. I also received 32 credits beyond in many different areas in the teaching field.
I am married for 16 years and am a mother of two daughters. I'm very excited and nervous at the same time to have one entering high school and one entering middle school!
I am also very excited to have the opportunity to teach your children! I value them and hold their education in the highest regards. I realize that you send me your most precious gift each and everyday ~ your child. In 3rd grade we departmentalize. I will teach all of the 3rd graders Math and Social Studies and my own class Science. Mrs. Soehngen, the other wonderful third grade teacher will teach all of the students Language Arts. (Reading and Writing)
It is my goal to meet the individual needs of each student so that they can reach the highest level of their potential. I believe in creating an environment that is safe and conducive to learning where students are encouraged to take risks and work independently to build self-confidence.
School should be an engaging and interactive learning experience where students build positive relationships through character education. I will work to develop a positive and nurturing relationship with each child.
"Human Nature is not a machine to be built after a model and set to do the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides."
By John Stuart Mill
I look forward to a wonderful 2018-2019 school year with you and your child!