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About Me

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Vanessa Garcia

on 10 January 2015

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My name is Vanessa Claudia Garcia and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated from Southside High School in the top 10% of my class in 2005. In 2014, I graduated from Texas A&M-San Antonio with my Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Education (EC-6). I am the mother of a very spunky, outspoken eight year old little girl. I am engaged to the greatest man alive! I love bringing the material that I am teaching to life. I believe that children are curious by nature and the best way for them to learn is in a safe and exploration environment. I love to make learning fun and create memorable experiences for students to associate with what they are learning. Here are a few pictures that were taken during "Read Across America"week.
About Me
My Mission Statement
Welcome to Ms. Garcia's Class Website
Helpful Links
for Ms. Garcia's
Contact Info
On this day of “Read Across America” week ,
it was Dr. Seuss's birthday . We made truffula cupcakes and read Dr. Seuss books.
I decided to dress up as “Thing 1”.

On this day of “Read Across America”, the theme was, “What is Your Favorite Book to Read” and the students were able to dress up as a character from that book. I chose “Where’s Waldo” and dressed up as Waldo. We also did a scavenger hunt on that day in the playground and I made a “Waldo” cutout and hid him. Whoever found him first was the winner!

For this day of “Read Across America”, we were reading “Wizard of Oz” and I decided to dress up as the “Wicked Witch of the West” because it was the easiest character to make! The kids loved it and really got into the book.

These cupcakes were so much fun to make
for the kids! The kids really enjoyed them
as well. We used cotton candy for the toppers.

As an educator, I will:
Work to make a difference in children's lives.
Make it my responsibility to make sure every child feels like they are worth something and that their education is the most important thing in the world.
Make sure each student has the proper tools to be as successful as possible in every aspect of their lives.
Believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.

Parents, here are a few websites that I think are very helpful and interesting and can be an extension of our class.
Name: Vanessa Garcia
Phone: 210-555-1234
Philosophy of Education
Lesson Plans for Elementary
2nd Grade Lesson Plan
3rd Grade Bilingual Lesson Plan
Lesson Plans with Images
Plant Journal
Week 1:
This week I planted my first seed. I did not know what I was doing. I asked several of my friends how I should bury my seed. I asked how deep I needed to place the seed in the dirt. I have seen my parents plant many things, but never really paid too much attention to them. During this week, I didn't notice any type of change. Every morning I would come into the living room where I was keeping my plant and touch the soil to see if it was damp or dry. If it was dry, I would add water, and if it was damp, I would leave it alone. Every morning I would place my plant outside on the balcony where I knew the sun would hit it, and at night, I would bring it back in the house. I was getting discouraged, because again, I did not know what to expect and I thought my plant might be a dud. Also as soon as I got home, I replanted my seed so that it had enough room to grow and the roots would not root due to the fact that the initial pot did not have holes in the bottom.
Week 2:
This week, I began to see some changes in my plant. Literally, it was overnight. After seven days of nothing, one day I woke up and my little plant sprouted! I continued to give it water in the same way as last week. I also started having my daughter help me. Every day she would remind me to water it, or bring it in or out of the house. It has kind of become like our pet. It was really exciting that I did not kill the little thing because, well, I would have been so devastated to know that I stink at planting and growing. It began as a little speck of green in the dirt. It looked like the bean that I had planted. Then the next day it stretched out and grew leaves, and every day for the next few days it had a huge growth spurt.
Week 3:
This is the week that my plant just doubled in size! guess I may have a green thumb! I am so excited! Everyday I have been doing the same thing: touch the dirt in the morning to make sure it has enough water, put in outside for sunlight, and bring it in at night. I also have been touching the leaves, and talking to the plant a little every day. Telling it how big it has gotten and noticing the tiny little hairs that are starting to grow on the stems of the plant. I have kept it in more often this week because the weather has been so crazy. It gets cold during the day, so I leave my plant on the window sill to get as much sun as possible.
Week 4:
I think that there is something wrong with my plant. It seems like the growing process has come to a halt. It had a huge growth spurt and then all of a sudden it just decided to stop growing. Maybe it's because I need to put it outside more. The only thing is that the weather has been so cold and it is turning the leaves yellow. I hope my baby is not dying.
Week 8
This week I decided that I am going to replant my bean plant. I think that the reason that it stopped growing was because it needs more room to grow. So I went to Walmart and bought a bigger pot and some more potting soil. Also, I decided to plant some more veggies to try my hand at farming. I like this whole growing business.
Week 10
This week my baby decided to give me food. I found a few bean pods on the plant that were ready to be picked, so i picked them. I am so happy that I replanted my plant because it looks like it has started to go through another growth spurt.
Field Residency Artifacts
First Best Year of my Life
This was the year that I gave birth to my first baby girl, Anjalise.
The Year I Decided to Go back to Scool
I began my academic journey at San Antonio Community College.
This is the Year that I Got Engaged!
The love of my life finally asked me to marry him, and of course, I said YES!!
The Year of my Graduation and my WEDDING!
With God's will, this will be the year that I graduate, and finally say I DO to the love of my life!
When I Was Born
I was born in San Antonio Texas in 1986.
The Year I Graduated
I graduated from Southside High School in 2005.
My Song
Remake of the book "Ricitos de Oro y Los Tres Osos"
This is a book that was created by myself, and two other classmates. I wrote the story, and the other two girls did the illustrations.
Lesson Plan with Images
This alebrije can be used in a folk tales lesson plan. It can be introduced while the teacher is introducing different genres of literature. The teacher can introduce folk tales by reading the class stories such as "La Llorona" and explain why stories like these are significant to Mexican culture. The alebrije's can be used as an activity to introduce
May would be the perfect time to make pinatas. May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo is a perfect day to do lessons that incorporate making pinatas. It could be a math lesson using patterns and measuring, or the pinatas can be used in a social studies lesson while studying different cultures. Here is a pinata that we made while attending Texas A&M University-San Antonio during my Field Residency 2 semester.
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