Jennifer Gold

Jennifer Gold

Computer/STEAM, Sharon Elementary School
2nd year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?:

My 3rd grade teacher was so much fun! Instead of learning from a textbook, he used to rearrange the desks and we would act out our lessons. One day he formed the desks into an airplane formation and we flew to the location we were learning about that day in social studies! This was so significant to me because if I remember the hands-on learning from so long ago, so will my students if I teach them in the same way.

Favorite book: The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks     

Hobbies: Painting, Cooking, STEAM projects, crafting, shopping, seeing musicals, going to the pool/beach, traveling, spending time with my family.

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite meal: Pizza 

Favorite musician or musical group: Rascal Flatts

Favorite sports team: Clemson football (that’s where I went to college!)

Favorite TV show: “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars”

Favorite Movie: “The Greatest Showman”, “Mama Mia” and “The Sound of Music” 

Three for dinner: My mom, my grandfather (both passed away and missed very much), and Ellen Degeneres.

Proudest moment on the job: I am so proud when students are so excited about their learning that they go home and continue it! I love when they email me pictures and videos showing me how they’ve continued to work on projects (or expanded on them creatively) during  their own time at home! I’m also so proud to see the growth of my students from September to June, and through the years! It’s so inspiring to see what they’ve been able to accomplish, their ideas to change the world, and I love that I can reach so many students at one time!

Favorite hidden talent: Painting and dancing.

Fondest memory on the job: I had a group of 3rd graders working on a STEAM project. After they’d finished their planning and were about to begin, they all put their hands in together and chanted, “Goooo Teamwork!!!”. Another fond memory was recently when we built roller coasters, two boys were so excited that theirs worked that they started hugging each other and jumping up and down! I love to see kids so excited about their learning!

What inspires you?: Excitement of others, things that promote real world change.

How do you make connections with students?: As a specialist and teaching over 750 students, it's hard to get to know every student. Recently, I was invited to participate in a 3rd grade Morning Meeting and I've really enjoyed getting to know the students on a more personal level, being able to greet every one of them by name, learning about them and their home lives, and spending time with them socially. In my own classroom, I always greet the students at the door as they come in, and try to use all of their first names. I try to assign projects, whether they are STEAM or computer based, that will allow me to get to know the students as individuals.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: "In a world where you could be anything, be kind!", "The only failure is not to try.", "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

What makes a good day at school?: I absolutely love it when students greet me with a hug, a smile, and when they tell me that they love my class! I can't stop smiling when I can see students having fun and learning at the same time!

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