Mrs. Oler and her husband (June 2007)
Welcome back! I am looking forward to another terrific year as I get to know you and your children!
As we start a new semester I hope everyone is well rested and ready to go! I want to thank you for reading my bio page. I believe it is so important to get to know your child's teacher.
I moved to Bradenton in July of 2003. I am originally from Upstate New York and I have been teaching for many years. I have taught at several different grade levels.
I love living in Bradenton with my husband Ralph. My husband served in the U.S. Airforce for over 23 years and retired in 2000. Ralph now works at Buffalo Creek Golf Course as a Golf Attendant. He loves the outdoors and occassionally he see's an alligator or two!
I have two children, Bradley and Stacey. My son Bradley is 24 years old and is currently serving in the U.S. Army and is part of the 82nd Airborne Division. Bradley is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. Brad has been serving in Iraq since March 2007 and as of April 25/08 he is back state-side. My son will return to University full-time this January 2009 when he leaves the U.S. Military. My daughter Stacey is 21 years old and she is a graduate of Bayshore High School back in 2006. She currently lives in Independence Missouri and works for General Motors. I have been blessed with two very different children and I am so proud of both of them.
In 1994 I pursued my B.A. in English Literature and Elementary Ed and graduated w/honors in 1999. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam I was very fortunate to receive a full scholarship to pursue my M.S. in Education to become a Reading Teacher. I completed my studies in May 2000. I am certified to teach Reading K-12 as well as Elementary Ed, K-6. In 2002 I did earn another degree an M.A. in Currciulum and Technology. Recently I completed my ESOL Endorsement (March 2007). I truly believe I am a life-long learner and I hope I can help my students to understand that learning is never over. I want them to enjoy the learning process so that they too can reach their goals someday.
MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
If I could give your child one gift this year that would be the gift of learning and growing as a human being. I believe every child has hidden talents that just need to be tapped into. Building self-confidence in our students is a great challenge that I face daily. The pursuit of that attribute is extremely rewarding for me. I teach and model those skills through good literature and writing activities. I believe students need a forum to express their thoughts and individuality on a regular basis. As teachers we can do that by giving our students a variety of reading and writing experiences in the classroom. Our curriculum can help us do just that. I believe the use of technology through the EDGE 1-2-1 laptop initiative this year will greatly enhance their learning experiences.
Please feel free to drop by our classroom and check out what the kids are up to this year.