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Carrie Zaracotas
Ms. Carrie Koutoumanis
Rm. 17

This past June, I attended the Design Thinking Institute at the Nueva Upper School in San Mateo, California. To best prepare our students for their future ventures, the Design Thinking Institute also embeds the Social Emotional learning curriculum while exposing attendees to all the latest in project creation. I feel very fortunate to have attended and I am excited to get into the classroom and continue the experience in our new Design Lab. 

Last summer I had the privilege of attending the SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) Conference at the Nueva School. A group of teachers and I participated in activities that promoted the growth of our gentle selves. We also discussed ways in which we can learn to work most efficiently in teams and groups of people. That fall, I joined the SEL committee at school. Our mission has been to educate, inform and inspire parents, students and fellow colleagues.

Along with other colleagues at our school, I have attended the Silicon Valley Math Initiative where we learned about math talks, gallery walks while tackling a problem of the month, and talking about the incredible shift in math thinking among our educational system. This year, we decomposed our math curriculum to align our units with the Common Core Mathematics Standards.

I have attended the Teacher's College Readers & Writer's Workshop at Columbia University, where a few other Woodside teachers and I went through rigorous writing experiences. This year, we have the pleasure of continuing our education here on campus where we will look at the Writer's Workshop model through the eyes of the Common Core Language Arts Standards.

Throughout my 10 years of teaching I have attended many conferences. The most memorable, has been the CAG (California Association for the Gifted). Not only did I enjoy learning so many new ways to differentiate curriculum in my own classroom, I felt inspired to continue embracing each individual child's "intelligence," and finding just the right activity to best suit their learning needs. 

Education Top of Page

 I attended San Francisco State University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies. I continued on and received my teaching credential from Notre Dame De Namur University, along with a Masters Degree in Special Education. 

Teaching Philosophy Top of Page

 I believe that each student provides a special touch to our classroom learning environment. I expect every one of us to respect each student's learning time together. School should be a safe place for every child to be themselves, to learn and build healthy friendships.

If at any time a student does not feel this way, please know that I am always willing to help however I may to resolve any social/emotional challenges. Students and parents should also know that I am a very open person and I welcome all of you to meet and chat with me. 

The entire Fourth Grade team and I have an exciting year planned for you all. See you at Back To School Night on Wednesday, September 17th. 

Sincerely,
Carrie Zaracotas
Fourth Grade Teacher