Happy New Year!
It’s Featured Teacher Tuesday!
We’re starting 2016 off by featuring Kendwy Valdez from BuggyForFirst
Kendwy is a first grade teacher in the state of Massachusetts as well as a wife, mother of two beautiful girls and pastor.
Kendwy has been teaching first grade for four years. She started working in an alternative school right out of high school in order to pay for college. She was a biology major with a pre-med concentration, but 3 months into the school year she realized that what she desperately wanted to do was teach. So began her journey to obtain her teaching degree even if it meant changing her biology major after 2 ½ years. Her motto became “I didn’t choose teaching; teaching chose me”.
After many years in education and a burning passion for teaching, this past summer she finally decided to take the plunge and she opened up her TPT store and started her blog at BuggyForFirst. Her blog is currently undergoing a facelift and will soon look “legit” :) She is excited for what is ahead for this coming year. You can read about her goals for this year: Plans and Goals for 2016
Kendwy works with a big population of ELLs. She believes that every student can be successful with the proper supports put in place. Language should never be a barrier for learning. As a second language learner herself, she is very aware of the challenges that many of her students face and makes it a priority to bring engaging and high quality instruction to all her students. She uses the 7 step vocabulary process to teach vocabulary. You can grab the posters from her store. They’re a FREEBIE :)
Her most popular product to date have been The Reading Comprehension Passages for ELLs and Beginner Writers. There are two packets available: The Blends and Digraphs Pack and the Long Vowels Pack.
She will be adding an R control and Diphthongs packet soon, so make sure to follow her store to know when it becomes available.
Have you played Scoot! with your students yet? You have to! It is so much fun and engaging and the kids are LEARNING! :)
This packet has over 100 pages of fact fluency activities.
If you don’t already follow Kendwy, you can find her on most social media platforms.
Follow her blog through Bloglovin’. Her blog will soon have a pretty pizzazz look to it, and she would love to have you join her on her journey.