Hi, my name is Michele Esposito. I am the 2nd grade teacher. I graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Learning Disabilities.
After graduation, I moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. My first teaching job was at Robert Smalls Middle School in Burton, South Carolina. I was responsible for setting up and managing the 6, 7 and 8th grade self-contained learning disabilities program. My job consisted of researching and gathering the various curriculums needed for the program, writing and following each student’s individualized educational plan, meeting with parents, preparing lessons/activities for all of the subject areas, making sure that I addressed the wide variety of ability levels and learning styles, and working with the regular education teachers. I taught there for four years before moving to Arizona.
In Arizona, I taught 9-12th graders for six years at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. I was an LD resource teacher for Math and English. I adapted and supplemented the regular classroom curriculum to meet the educational needs of each student. I taught with Biology and Math regular classroom teachers and provided guidance and assistance to them regarding ways to differentiate their lessons and activities to benefit the various learning styles of the students. I helped design, implement and teach in the Learning Lab. The Learning Lab was a place for mainstreamed LD students to come to during the school day from their various classes to receive individual help and support on assignments, tests and homework.
For 12 years, I was a stay at home Mom and taught, mentored and learned along side my three sons. I listened and observed what my boys were talking, reading, playing and wondering about and created a home learning environment to support them. I gathered and provided books, videos, artwork, music, games, and materials based on their individual interests and abilities. I created lessons around these interests and sought out community opportunities for them to participate in. I also encouraged and supported their extracurricular activities that included theater, chess, gardening, science and sports. My goal always was to follow their lead and allow them time and space to fully explore the topics/interests of their choice, acquire necessary skills at their own pace and, most importantly, for them to develop a love of learning.
I returned to the classroom in 2010 and taught 2nd grade gifted students for three years. I took a year off to focus on my family, then returned to the classroom in 2015 and taught the 3/4th grade gifted class. I am really excited to be returning to the 2nd grade classroom for the upcoming 2019/20 school year.
I enjoy working with eager, young learners and look forward to a fun year of learning and exploring.