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Mr. Michael Putney
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Westfield Central School
Hometown:
Gowanda, New York
Class Information:
Room Number: 203
Students per Class: 19
Class Description:
In my classroom I teach all the core subjects. For science we switch classrooms so that each teacher teaches an area of preference. My love is rocks and minerals. I teach this to four third grade classrooms. My creativity is brought out by my awesome students. For example, this Halloween I was Shel Silverstein. The class was truly inspired by the book which inspired me to shave my head, and grow a beard for the first time ever! I then drew the cover of Where the Sidewalk Ends on the front and back of a tee-shirt.
Position:
Third Grade Teacher
Needs:
In order to make the lessons I teach in my room come alive, the classroom desperately needs current technology. We only have one outdated camera. I would truly appreciate anything anyone could do to help us out. I am a teacher who teaches my students to go above and beyond and technology in our classroom would assist in accomplishing this.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I am 37 years old. I have been married for seven wonderful years to Melissa Putney. My wife teaches eighth grade english. We have two beautiful children Devin who is four and Quinn who just turned two. I have taught fifth, second, and third grades. I have looped twice from second to third. This year will be my sixteenth year teaching.
College and Degrees:
SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Brockport, Buffalo State, Genesee Community. Elementary Certification from SUNY Fredonia.
Activities:
Mineral Minds Advisor for fourth and fifth grade students, Our Generation Elementary Newspaper Advisor for fourth and fifth grade students, JV Boys Basketball Coach, Varsity Boys and Girls Track Coach.
Favorite Books:
Matilda, Bridge To Terabithia, The Tale of Despereaux, Ramona, The Great Gatsby
Favorite Quotes:
Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. Chinese Proverb We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. Frank Tibolt Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes, in Forbes Magazine US art collector, author, & publisher (1919 - 1990)
Interests:
Rock and Mineral Collecting, Drawing and Painting, Playing with my children, Basketball, Weightlifting.
Why Do I Teach?:
I loved elementary school as a child. I had many teachers who made a difference in my life. My goal is to make a difference in each of the students that I encounter.