Meet Mrs. Zimmerman
I am so fortunate to be chosen to teach the third grade Gifted and Talented class this year. This is my eighth year teaching at Chelsea Prep, and every year has been an exciting and memorable adventure. Chelsea Prep is such a great place where I truly enjoy being around such dedicated and talented students, faculty, and parents.
In my classroom, I promote an atmosphere of academic rigor, trust, and respect. I work hard to build a strong community among my students, and I emphasize group work and collaboration, both in my classroom and as I work with my peers. I believe great things can happen when we work together! Chelsea Prep is a place where I really feel like a part of a strong community and a winning team.
A bit about me: I grew up in New York, and both of my parents are educators. I have four younger brothers, and our escapades are often featured in my writer's notebook entries. I met my husband, Aaron, in college, and we share a love of travel, technology, and ice cream. Some of my other interests are dance, (I used to dance ballet,) sailing, baking, and learning (of course!) My bookshelf is crammed full with historical fiction, memoirs, children's literature, and education books. I also love listening to podcasts and all types of music, and I try to incorporate music into the classroom as much as possible.
As to my educational background, I attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where I majored in European History. I deeply value my liberal arts education, and I bring my love of all things academic into the classroom. In fact, our class is the Chelsea Prep "Princeton Tigers!" I graduated from Fordham University with a Masters of Science in Education, and I have taken coursework in Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut, and Hunter College. I have also attended many professional development conferences and workshops focused on educational technology use.
I believe that students have limitless potential, and I feel honored to help nurture and guide my students towards realizing that potential. I am ready to rise to the occasion through interdisciplinary inquiry-based units, enrichment projects, real-life problem solving, technology integration, and an individualized approach to learning. I structure my classroom to foster divergent thinking, metacognition, self-directed learning, and in-depth mastery of abstract concepts. I am looking forward to a great year!
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