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Valentine 2020

Mrs. Kristina Valentine

8th grade Language Arts
Room 32
kvalentine@woodsideschool.us
Instagram: mrs.k.valentine (private account)

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:51-10:11 (recess by appointment)
Monday: 12:20-1:00 (lunch)
(N/A during Distance Learning)

*It is important to note that my class will be facilitated primarily through Google Classroom. All students are a member of this online forum and can access announcements, assignments, resources, and due dates here. Please remind your student that they are responsible for checking both Google Classroom and their email regularly.*
 

My Background
This is my 7th year at WSD and I am proud to be a Wildcat!  I first fell in love with Woodside School while sitting at my son's baseball game at Willie McCovey Field.  We had just moved to the peninsula from across the bay.  I sat on the bleachers in awe of the Heritage Oaks and Redwoods guarding this beautiful campus.  The sun began to set behind the Woodside Community Garden and it became very clear to me that this was a special learning community. 

Prior to working at Woodside, I worked part time for Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as a research advisor in the Teaching Leadership graduate program and as a teacher supervisor to student teachers.  When we lived in the east bay, I taught eighth grade English and Social Studies for seven years at Harvest Park Middle School in the Pleasanton Unified School District.
 
I completed my M.A. in Education in Teaching Leadership at Saint Mary's College and my B.A. in English with a minor in Italian Studies from the University of Arizona. I have both a single subject English credential and a single subject Social Studies credential.
 
If I'm not at Woodside, then you'll probably find me driving my son or daughter to a local sports field or gym! We are an active family that loves to play sports, go for hikes around the bay area, or compete in serious family game nights. I also enjoy attending Stanford baseball games, walking my yellow lab, cooking for my family and friends, and traveling.
 
My Philosophy
I believe each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Each child’s learning styles will be addressed and individual strengths will be used as building blocks for further instruction and conceptual understanding. Our classroom community is a supportive and positive learning environment where I encourage students to take responsibility for their learning while interacting respectfully with their peers and teacher. 

My curriculum is rigorous and the expectations are high because I am preparing our students for a successful transition to high school. My door is always open to students and families for support.  My lessons focus on fostering an appreciation of literature, as well as encouraging an ability to navigate and use the English language practically and appropriately in the forums that students may encounter in education and beyond graduation. Eighth grade is an exciting year filled with growth and opportunity and I look forward to building supportive relationships with my students as they close a chapter here at Woodside and prepare for the next phase of their journeys!

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.