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*****TEAM PLEWA *****We do our personal best, and we work together!
"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." *HELLO FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES!
Ms. Plewa - Grade 4 - Room 203
Intermediate Education Center
Lew-Port Telephone: 754-8281 X3203(a message should be left at the front office when the matter is urgent and/or time sensitive)Welcome, ! Thank you for visiting our site! Be sure to check our website for daily homework and updates!
About me: The 2018-19 school year begins my 15th year of teaching. I love teaching fourth grade. I was also a first grade teacher at the P.E.C. for five years, and prior to coming to Lewiston-Porter, I worked as an educator in Kindergarten, and Grades 3,4,5 and 6. I am proud to be part of this fourth grade team and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to teach in this caring community for the past eleven years.
I understand education as a teacher, and as a parent. Watching children grow and flourish is an incredible experience. I firmly believe in the importance of recognizing and reinforcing each child’s talents. I believe in teaching children how to practice a growth mindset; that the brain's capacity to learn is incredible, and putting time and effort into learning are the keys to success. I enjoy connecting with the children everyday in class, but also recognize the importance of connecting with adults at home. Parents are a child's first teachers, and the ones who continue the learning process everyday outside of school. I strive to create supportive, honest relationships.I have made travel an important part of my life: India, China, Egypt, Israel, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Peru, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, a few island beaches, and of course our beautiful United States. This summer, I revisited beautiful India, and met some wonderful Tibetan children at the Tibetan Children's Village school, which cares for, and educates Tibetan refugees. I brought the school generous donations from my family, friends, and colleagues at Lew-Port. I was even invited to teach a class! It was a highlight of my visit. The people in this area of India live under difficult climate conditions, with Indian monsoons in July and August, and isolating mountain winters in January and February, but they live with very big hearts. It is humbling to go out of my comfort zone to be reminded how difficult, yet rewarding, trying something new can be. This summer I climbed Mount Triund, which is in the Himalayan foothills. My view was foggy, but I was happy I made it to the top. I walked through monsoon rains. I walked uphill or downhill each day to the neighboring smaller and larger villages, to visit the temples and meditation halls. I even tried paragliding for the first time! (Run, and jump!) The Indian people speak Hindi, and many know English, yet it can still be difficult to understand each other. It was amazing how much effort and caring was put into each encounter to understand each other. I believe every opportunity enriches my life and improves my teaching! Our brains continue to expand with every experience. I believe in the "Power of Yet." Our brains strive to meet all learning challenges when we put in honest effort and time!
In September, we will begin to learn about growth mindset and how to develop healthy, successful, learning habits. We will practice being an "Ambassadors of Learning" each day. There is so much to learn, to see, to understand, and so much potential in our incredible brains. Adults and children alike, I welcome you to be good ambassadors, learn about the Power of Yet, and join us in this journey of the 2018-19 school year!
EVERY CHILD IS A SUCCESS!TEAM PLEWA- We do our personal best, and we work together.YOU are part of our team now!
*Smile quote compliments of human rights advocate, Mother Teresa