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    All About Mrs. Sherwin
    Welcome to my page and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.
    Mrs. Sherwin
    Teaching children is my passion.  I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2001 with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  I am currently in my eighth year of teaching.  My career began in Naperville, Illinois, where I taught third grade for two years.  It is during my first year of teaching when I met my future husband, who happened to be from New Jersey.  Therefore, I decided to relocate to the east coast.  I taught fifth grade in Bridgewater, New Jersey for three years and decided to seek out a smaller school district, which brought me to Hilltop School.  I could not be happier.  The community, children and my colleagues are amazing.  As with every school year, I am looking forward to a memorable and successful year for my students.
    In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing in my journal, running races, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.  I love traveling because it provides me with the opportunity to explore the world, learn and my experiences enrich my classroom instruction.  In the summer of 2007, I ventured to Belize with 25 other educators where we stayed on Ambergris Caye at the Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center.  We had the opportunity to snorkel daily and braved a night snorkel.  After a few days on the water, we flew further inland to stay in the rainforest for the remainder of our trip.  Here I was able to go on daily hikes to observe wildlife and explore my new surroundings.  I enjoyed my experience so much that during the summer of 2008, I traveled, with many of the same educators with whom I visited Belize, to Panama.  During my trip, I was able to visit the rainforest again, but this time I was able to visit the Smithsonian Research Center on Barro Colorado Island in the middle of the Panama Canal.  I witnessed even more wildlife, captured great video images, and had the opportunity to video conference with children at a summer camp in Piscataway, New Jersey.  As you can see, my love for learning is strong and my enthusiasm for life is endless. 
    Some of my favorite quotes include:
    "Cooperate with each other, compete only against yourself."
    "If you're not making a mistake, you're probably not learning."
    "There is a time to be silly and a time to be serious."
    I hope that you have found this information useful and I am looking forward to getting to know all of the children and families in my classroom.
    My Philosophy of Education
    I believe that all children:
    •  need to become active, 
       critical thinkers

    •  need to learn to respect
       themselves and others

    •  learn in different ways

    •  need social interactions and 
       to participate in tactile  

    •  need a safe, structured
       environment in which risks
       can be taken

    •  need to feel empowered

    •  display understandings of
       content in a variety of ways
        – therefore daily
       observations, discussions,
       and assessments must be
       used to tailor lessons to
       reach each student

    •  need to learn to ask
       questions, listen, and build
       upon ideas shared

    •  can venture outside self-
       created boundaries, with
       teacher and peer support, to
       discover new methods for 
       finding solutions to problems