My name is Danielle Larkins-Engel. I graduated from Caldwell College with a B.A. degree in both Elementary Education and Psychology. As of December 2017 I recieved my Masters Degree in Literacy from American College of Education. I am a highly qualified teacher certified in Elementary Education grades K-8. Prior to working for the Wood-Ridge school district, I had the opportunity to teach both a second grade class followed by a first grade class in a private school located in Paterson, N.J.
I was given the challenging opportunity to create and pilot a first grade transitional class of fifteen students my first year at Catherine E. Doyle School. Within the year I was able to help students improve their reading, writing, and math skills to be promoted to a primary second grade class. For thirteen years I taught and enhanced the first grade curriculum. As of September 2015 I started my exciting new journey as a second grade teacher at the Catherine E. Doyle School.
Throughout my teaching experiences I have instructed a diverse student population. My instructional strategies address a variety of modalities to meet the needs of every child. To stay current with educational methodology I attend professional workshops which have enhanced my teaching techniques within the classroom. I have also received professional development in PAF(Preventing Academic Failure)and Orton-Gillingham which are both reading programs based upon a multi-sensory approach. In 2012 I received the Teacher of the Year award from the Bergen County Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program.
I chose primary education because of my love of working with children. Shaping and molding young minds gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact on their educational careers. I want my students to experience meaningful, interesting learning techniques that apply to their lives. This can be accomplished through the use of hands-on/minds-on activities, cooperative learning, an integrated curriculum, and the use of technology.