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 Welcome, Wenonah Wildcats!

 

Bienvenido & Benvenuto!

 

 

My name is Miss Christine Ellen Spadano, and I'm thrilled to be one of the new teachers for the 2019-2020 school year at Wenonah Elementary.  I'll be teaching students in grades K - 6.  Although I'm new to the Wenonah Wildcats Community, I've been an educator since 2006, when I earned my first certificate to teach in New Jersey: Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten - Eighth Grade.  Since I firmly believe in lifelong learning, I strove to strengthen my skills by earning a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education, completing graduate school with a 3.86 grade point average.  I earned my second NJ certification in 2011: Reading Specialist, K-12.   

 

Back to School Night was Wednesday, September 18th.  I'm happy to have met with some of our parents, who shared flattering feedback with me!  

 

 

Please peruse my slideshows.  Links are located at the top left

 

 

1. Welcoming World of Words with Wenonah Wildcats

2. La Familia

 

 

I am fortunate to have actively served in the education community in West Deptford Public Schools as a full time Elementary School Literacy Coach and PBSIS Core Team Member (positive behavior support in schools).  I also served as a full time Middle School Language Arts Reading Teacher at Gateway, benefitting from the wise insights of my daily Team Teacher and kind colleagues.  In Pitman Public Schools, I served as both a 60% World Language Elementary Teacher and a Resource Room Teacher.  I have also accumuated over 30 professional development credits.

 

My first formal teacher evaluation was conducted by my WDPS principal in March 2014.  I was McREL evaluated as accomplished in technology.  In 2015, I was McREL evaluated as accomplished along three standards and strands.  In April 2019, I was deemed effective along multiple components in the Charlotte Danielson Model for Teacher Evaluations.  

 

Throughout my high school and college years, I excelled in many courses in both Spanish (Bienvenido) and Italian (Benvenuto).  The captivating concept of cognates compelled me to cultivate a collaborative classroom climate of creativity... and alliteration...   

  

Since cognates are words, phrases, and sentences with a strikingly similar structure, sound, and meaning in two or more languages, research supports the use of compelling cognates in your child's real world application and retention of new terms in our ongoing study of languages, Language Arts, and other subject areas.  

 

Triple cognates are "wowza words" as they add an additional level of allure to the process of retention:

 

Adios  ~ Spanish

Addio  ~ Italian

Adieu  ~ French

 

 

Did you know that there are approximately 20,000 cognates between English and Spanish ?

 

Did you know that there are approximately 2,000 cognates between Spanish and Italian ?

 

 

"Cognates are more than 25,000 frequently used English words that are unmistakably understood by

Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Catalan speakers, among others."

 

~ Rubén Morán: Academic Director at The Benedict Schools of Languages, Ecuador

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Leaning on the strength of compelling cognates, your child(ren) will have fun making the critical connections !

 

 

It is a joy for me to be a small part of such an exciting lifelong learning process in your child's life.  Along with reading and responding to peer reviewed education journals, I plan to glean valuable insights from the wise Wenonah community: administrators, district based police officers, school nurse, child study team, colleagues, office personnel, facilities and maintenance experts, parents, grandparents, guardians, student safety officers, and stellar students.  I strive to embolden your child(ren) by using best practices in education.  Students thrive in an environment of parity, because learning activities are adjusted to appeal to the individual literacy strengths, needs, and unique funds of knowledge of each learner.  

 

Soon, I will be posting reference links, along with many of my own Google Slideshows.  In that vein, technology will be infused into every language lesson, and all lessons will be closely aligned with the NJ CCC Standards for World Languages.  Differentiated instruction will be evident, as a variety of learning methods will be in place to build confident, curious classmates.   

 

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First and foremost, my students are immersed in a classroom climate of consistency, ensuring that gestures of respect and politeness are directed toward every person in the Wenonah Wildcats School Community: peers, and people of all professions.  This ideology empowers us to carefully construct a community of safety, support, and success. 

 

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia: teacher, author, speaker, and my favorite educator

 

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"At 100, I have a mind that is superior -thanks to experience- than when I was 20."
 ~ Dr. Rita Levi Montalcini

 

Parents, grandparents, and guardians are a vital part of our collective goal. I welcome you to contact me

with questions and updates regarding your child(ren), grandchild(ren), nephew(s), and niece(s),

or simply to say:

Hello ! Hola ! Ciao !

 

 

Thank you for your time.

Gracias por tu tiempo.

Grazie per il tuo tempo.  

 

 

My staff e-mail address is: cspadano@wenonahschool.org

 

 

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"While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty."

 ~ Jose Rizal

 

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