The ABC's of Mr. C

"I hear and I forget.  

I see and I remember.  

I DO and I understand."   -Confucius

Hello! This is my second year as the STEM Lab teacher at AMS. I work with grades Pony through fifth.  Previously, I was a self-contained classroom teacher.  I taught third and fourth grade at Village School in Pacific Palisades, and third and fifth grade at Los Encinos School in Encino. I also taught in New Jersey, where I grew up, before moving to Los Angeles in 2001.      

As a STEM teacher, I believe that all children will require skills to thrive in a rapidly changing, technology driven future. The opportunity to provide unique learning experiences that allow students to develop 21st century skills now is very exciting to me. Looking into the future, the path that lies ahead is going to require students to problem solve, collaborate, practice flexibility, and demonstrate the ability to learn new things. In order to prepare students for the path, they need to be given opportunities to practice persistence and develop a sense of grit. It is important for students to understand that failure provides a vital learning opportunity. I embrace this mindset.  One of my favorite things about being a teacher in the STEM disciplines is that I get to tinker and work with my hands. I feel that the divergent, “thinking outside of the box” mindset that STEM encourages lends itself naturally to my teaching style and how I plan learning experiences for students in the lab.  If you are curious to learn more about the AMS STEM lab, friend me on Facebook @: Coteacher Cote 

When I am not teaching, some of my hobbies or interests include landscape design, home improvement projects, disc golf, basketball, barbecuing, building cornhole boards, film, watching any Anthony Bourdain show, cheering on my beloved Boston Red Sox, hiking, jumping in the ocean, collecting baseball hats, playing music at a high volume, and, of course, spending time with my family.      

Education:

MA in Instruction and Curriculum, Grades K-8 (Kean University, Union, NJ)

BA in Communications-Journalism (Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY)