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Mrs. Susan Elise Cabre-Vondrell

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Epson PowerLite LCD Projector, $999.95, 1.00% raised
Epson PowerLite LCD Projector
Single Unit Why I need this:
I am a 7th grade Math and Science teacher at Nooksack Valley Middle School. Our school qualifies as high poverty, yet we have received honorary awards for above average standardized test scores by the students. I feel this accomplishment is due to a lot of hard work and most of all, our past technology grants. Currently, we have a document camera and SmartBoard software, however, our projector is no longer functioning. The projector is our life source in allowing students to share their mathematical and science thinking in a clear, organized, and easy to read manner. Without our projector, we must rely upon a 5 by 8ft. whiteboard...an extreme detriment to all students as this constricted space does not allow any room for student thinking to be saved or expanded upon. A projector in our 7th grade classroom is vital in portraying the image by the document camera - allowing our students math and science journals to be made public instantaneously - essential in keeping the students energy focused on the concepts, and most importantly, in allowing them to be the problem solvers for peers presented solutions. The projector also allows us to portray images from the computer, in which numerous online interactive virtual manipulatives help us understand math or science concepts in an easier way. Finally, the projector allows the SmartBoard to operate and this tool enables the student to share their thinking in an interactive writable form, once again enhancing student engagement and understanding. Your help in purchasing the projector will ensure that our students who come from a low economic status remain competitive in entering careers that demand high aptitude in math and science....as we know, these students currently contribute small percentages to math and science related careers. Help us ensure that resource equity in our schools starts now, for social equity later. Thank You.
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Mrs. Susan Elise Cabre-Vondrell
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Nooksack Valley Middle School
Class Information:
Room Number: 129
Students per Class: 32
Class Description:
Inquiry based Math and Science classroom.
Position:
7th grade Science/Math teacher
Needs:
I am a 7th grade Math and Science teacher at Nooksack Valley Middle School. Our school qualifies as high poverty, yet we have received honorary awards for above average standardized test scores by the students. I feel this accomplishment is due to a lot of hard work and most of all, our past technology grants. Currently, we have a document camera and SmartBoard software, however, our projector is no longer functioning. The projector is our life source in allowing students to share their mathematical and science thinking in a clear, organized, and easy to read manner. Without our projector, we must rely upon a 5 by 8ft. whiteboard...an extreme detriment to all students as this constricted space does not allow any room for student thinking to be saved or expanded upon. A projector in our 7th grade classroom is vital in portraying the image by the document camera - allowing our students math and science journals to be made public instantaneously - essential in keeping the students energy focused on the concepts, and most importantly, in allowing them to be the problem solvers for peers presented solutions. Theprojector also allows us to portray images from the computer, in which numerous online interactive virtual manipulatives help us understand math or science concepts in an easier way. Finally, the projector allows the SmartBoard to operate and this tool enables the student to share their thinking in an interactive writable form, once again enhancing student engagement and understanding. Yourhelp in purchasing the projector will ensure that our students who come from a low economic status remain competitive in entering careers that demand high aptitude in math and science....as we know, these students currently contribute small percentages to math and science related careers. Help us ensure that resource equity in our schools starts now, for social equity later. Thank You.
My Philosophy:
Inquiry based education allows the teacher to step back and have the students be the problem solvers : immediately, one can recognize that this type of education promotes high student engagement leading to higher assessment scores. Every year, my students tell me that the best teachers are those who "talk less". In an inquiry based classroom, the teacher is the guide, and it is the students who are the thinkers, working independently, or in partners, pairs, or small groups in forming understanding. Whole class check in's are frequently used along with other formative assessments by the teacher to ensure that students are grasping the "big ideas" or enduring understandings.
Personal Information:
About Me:
* 7th grade Science and Math teacher * Love science and math and the numerous applications to the great outdoors. * Enjoy speaking foreign languages (fluent in French, and a little Spanish)
College and Degrees:
Rutgers University : BS Natural Resource Economics WesternWA University : Post-Bach K4-12 Science Lesley University : Masters in Science Education
Activities:
I love to hang out with my toddler and notice numerous parallelisms between toddlers and 7th graders (wink,wink) , kayaking in San Juans, playing ultimate frisbee, running, biking, traveling to foreign countries...theseof course are all favorite pastimes now that a little one is in our lives!
Favorite Books:
The Last Lecture The Book Thief Shopping for Porcupine ScienceEquity and Reform
Favorite Quotes:
Thomas Edison, " I've never failed, I just found 10,000 ways that don't work".
Interests:
* Erasing the achievement gap in Science and Math career related fields for low economic status students.
Employment History:
Lots of things, but most memorable...kayakguiding in Alaska to tide water glaciers, nannying in Switzerland, teaching English in Japan, studying in Belize and Guatemala for a coastal ecology and rainforest biology course, and of course, being a 7th grade teacher!
Why Do I Teach?:
I am never, ever bored at my job. The kids make things exciting every day and my learning curve as a teacher is always growing. Finally, this job has extremely long hours of hard work and sometimes the recognition is non-existent, however, the rewards in seeing a student believe in themselves from teacher help is priceless.