Hi! I’m Mrs. Z. and I love working at McKinley. I love the IB program and think that it provides a unique and wonderful education allowing children to gain insight into the broader world around them.
I am a life long learner, and I aspire to create life long learners in my classroom. I want my students to leave me with a desire to learn, a respect for all people, and appreciation for the differences they see between and amongst one another. I want my students to feel that they can accomplish most anything if they set their minds to it.
I love the Arts. I have been singing, dancing, and playing piano since I was 5. I try and expose my students to as much art as I can while relating it to all the other content areas we study.
I also work on the Student Council. I love working with former students in this aspect. I think it is important for all children to have an opportunity to see themselves as leaders. Student Council provides children with large and small roles to demonstrate leadership.
I am an avid traveler. I would love to visit all 7 continents in my lifetime. I have been to 13 countries so far… and will never forget the discoveries and personal journeys each trip has brought to me. I am hoping to visit Australia, India and Ireland in the near future. I am bilingual and would love to learn ASL and French next.
I frequently write grants to Donorschoose.org. This is an amazing website designed for teachers who are in need of supplies. You can find my projects at DonorsChoose.org/mrs.z. Parents can search for grants by state, then district, then school to find classrooms at McKinley in need.