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I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in Art History. I have been teaching elementary art in MDCPS for ten years. Awarded Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2011. As an art educator, I focus on inspiring my students to develop their creative abilities by teaching a variety of styles and techniques with an emphasis on art history. I believe each child has an inner artist and my goal is to encourage my students to create with confidence and enthusiasm.
Lourdes Martin graduated from Nova University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education Technology received from Barry University. Currently, here at Palm Springs North she teaches Spanish S and Spanish SL.
Hi my name is Ms. Morell, I am the P.E. teacher at PSN. I first started teaching 15 years ago, at Charles D. Wyche Elementary School where I taught first grade for three years and third grade for another three years. When the opportunity arose to work at PSN, I became the E.L.L teacher servicing second through fifth grade students. As previously stated, I'm currently one of the Physical Education instructor here at PSN.
My name is Dina Laiken. I have been a special education teacher for 14 years I have a master’s degree in special education and reading. I truly believe that it is not the student’s job to learn the way I teach; rather, it is my job to teach the way each student learns. This makes it necessary for me to differentiate instruction depending on the needs of the students in my class. My goal is to always provide meaningful, learning experiences for all learning styles. In this regard, as an educator, I want to help mold a child's self-worth so they can become self-sufficient, self-motivated, and productive.
My name is Claudia Jaime, I have taught at PSN for the past two years and I have been in the field of education for more that six years. I am working in the Education field because it is my passion and calling in life to teach others in order to empower them to reach their full potential. One principle that i try to enforce on children is to be strong, brave, and hardworking in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face in their adult life.
I graduated from Barry University with degree in Physical Education. I did my internship at Joella C. Good Elementary School. I started my professional career as a Physical Education teacher at Palm Springs North Elementary since August 2004. Began the PSN Dazzlers and directed the team from 2004-2013. Also, taught classes with the community school after school summer camp programs. I continue to be involved in programs that involve fitness and health education for the students and staff of PSN Elementary.
I am so excited to commence this new school year and begin this exciting journey into education with your child. This will be my fifth year as part of the PSN family. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Florida International University in 2011. During my time at PSN I have had the opportunity to work in several grades from K-5th, teaching both Math & Reading. In recent years, I have worked in the ESOL department, teaching students that are new to our country. I look forward to working closely with you and your child as we navigate through this new school year. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
My name is Elizabeth Gonzalez , I have been teaching for 9 years. I graduated in Cuba in 1998 in Education. I moved to the United States in 2003 where I have since been working in the education system because I enjoy teaching and working with kids. I joined the PSN family last school year as a Spanish teacher. My goal is to inspire and encourage students to strive for greatness and teach them experience and commitment, how to realize their full potential to become the best they can be. All students need to have the opportunity to learn and I always strive to provide all of my students with a learning environment that is individualized to each of them. I look forward to many more years in the classroom. I am extremely fortunate to be part of such an amazing school surrounded by wonderful students and staff. There's no better place than to be part of this PSN family.
“Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.” -- Robert M. Hutchins
I've been working on PSN for 1 year. I've been working 20 years in the system. Education is the process of facilitating learning, the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. I like to teach all these things to my students.