Teacher of Grade 3
Evergreen Avenue Elementary School
• College(s) and degrees(s):
Ithaca College/Rutgers University - BA History
Rutgers University Graduate School of Education - M Ed. Elementary Education with 6-8 Social Studies concentration
• Work experience:
4 years as a 4th grade inclusion classroom assistant in New Brunswick, NJ
o fiction: The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
o nonfiction: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
The West Wing
The King of Kong
The Black Crowes - Darlings of the Underground Press
Larry Bird - "Larry Legend" is the consummate example of how hard work and the philosophy of being the first to practice and last to leave can overcome one not being the strongest or the fastest. His success demonstrates the power of will, determination, and an innate competitive fire to be the best one can be can make the impossible a reality (Plus the '86 Celtics season was my first real sports memory growing up).
Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire
Finish writing/recording my goal of 12 songs (been stuck at 5 for quite a while).
The Boston Celtics
Mr. Morrow - 4th Grade - Cranberry Pines Elementary School
Mr. Morrow was my first male teacher growing up. He had this innate ability to draw out our personalities and energy in a way I had never experienced before. We all were part of his team in that classroom, and as a result, we were able to accomplish some truly amazing things as 9 and 10 year olds that we likely could not have as individuals.
Additionally, Mr. Morrow was the first teacher I had who really integrated technology into the classroom as a powerful tool. We had no science text; instead he used fill-in-the-blank notes and laser discs to bring the content alive and push our understanding. The detailed and complicated things I learned in that science period carried me through science in high school and college.
Last year I had the opportunity to substitute for his class for a period of time while he battled bronchitis. At the end of the nearly two weeks, one of his students said, "Mr. Soper, you do that just like Mr. Morrow!" That was one of the best compliments I have ever received from a student. I simply replied, "Where do you think I learned it?"