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My name is Virginia Grimaldi (Miss Ginny) I am a highly qualified educator/teacher with a wide array of skills. I specialize in grades Kinder - 8, with high school qualifications in history, social studies, English, literature and business. I have taught in four different continents and have experience teaching in Ontario as well as IB experience. I specialize in grades Kinder - 8, with high school qualifications in history, social studies, English, literature and business. I have experience in both an international classroom, Ontario classrooms as well as business experience and I feel I am an excellent candidate for your childcare/tutoring needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as an elementary IB teacher as I feel that child-centered/inquiry-based learning is central to my pedagogy. Moreover, I have been a key contributor in adapting the Chilean national curriculum into an IB structure, helping the IB nominated school to become PYP verified. I was highly involved in creating the school’s permanent Plan of Inquiry (curriculum development). Additionally, I have been an integral go-to person for our high school staff as our school recently began their quest to become MYP certified as well in the next year or two. During these fruitful and busy times, I was able to utilize my business skills, which I attained before, and throughout, my educational career, but more on my business credentials later. First, I would like to tell you more about my educational knowledge. As I gain a deeper understanding of how to teach children to become internationally minded, I see a progressive and positive change in my teaching ability. I have become more cognoscente at teaching the 'whole' child, in which I try to foster growth in all aspects of the child: intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual. One of the best things about learning within the IB program in recent years is how similar it is to the Ontario curriculum/framework, making me a better teacher at home, although I have been working abroad. I feel that these curriculum’s/framework's teach children to become resilient, collaborative, and inquiring, with an ability to take ownership of their own learning and developing which provides students with enriched learning experiences, although these framework's attain these goals in different ways. I graduated with International Specialization in both my Bachelor's of Education and in my Hons. History/Philosophy BA. I was also lucky enough to be part of York University’s Concurrent Education Program, and thus attained teaching experience in three different public schools in Ontario, including teaching fifth grade at a school in the heart of an extremely multicultural area in the TDSB. Additionally, I am TESOL certified to teach English as a Second Language. During my university education, I was selected as one of the fifty most outstanding undergraduate student applicants to attend the award winning Emerging Global Leaders Program. The Emerging Global Leaders Program is an initiative of the York International Office at York University where both international and domestic students are engaged by speakers representing different areas of the public and private sectors on the changing contexts, concepts and challenges of leadership in a global world. During the program, I explored the challenges of cross cultural communication and understanding, and identified the essential skills for successful leadership in both local and international contexts, with a special focus on cross-cultural communication and team building, strengthening my ability to conduct effective discourse. I think it is my job as a teacher to help students reach their full potential by providing a safe atmosphere that promotes learning. With my strong classroom management abilities, my desire to be fully part of my school’s community, my passion for teaching, my organizational skills as well as my respect for each students’ uniqueness, I look forward to creating a productive and fruitful learning experience for students, no matter where in the world I am. Since I entered the Faculty of Education at York University, my desire to work in a childcentered or inquiry-based capacity has continued to grow strongly and my rewarding experience teaching and developing the curriculum at the my current International School has particularly enhanced it. This desire to teach or work within a child-centered school was also fostered by key moments I had while on a university exchange to Helsinki, Finland. In Finland, they have a similar approach to child-centered learning and it was amazing to see being fostered continually through to university graduation. In 2012, I took part in a Developing World Connections International Volunteer trip to Manyatta, Kenya. In Kenya, I worked alongside the locals at reforestation and irrigation projects that are taking place in the community, as well as volunteered my free time from this project to teach the local eighth-graders at a local, poverty-stricken public school. This venture was a cultural immersion experience unlike any other and I believe it provided me with a strong intercultural understanding that gives me an exceptional advantage to many others engaged in business and teaching practices. Before I embarked on my life-long desire to attend university and attain a BEd., I worked fulltime in business at Sysco Food Services of Toronto for six years in order to help out my household financially. There, I also obtained a Professional Sales & Marketing degree through Humber College in the evenings. As soon as my financial obligations to my family ceased, I continued working part-time at Sysco in various capacities for another five years while I attended full-time university and went on my international exchange. While working at this company for a total of 11 years (with two breaks to go abroad), in four different departments (Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, Merchandising and Logistics), I gained a momentous amount of project managing experience, among other qualifications, that now seem vital to being a very organized teacher. Because I am passionate about traveling, I have been to over thirty countries in four continents, I firmly believe that traveling has been my best educator. I also have taken on many side jobs as an editor, including editing my current school’s entire Grade Six Math textbook. These moments, among others, have shaped me into an international educator and very skilled businessperson ready to put her life experience to use at home. I have I have selected some documents from my electronic portfolio. I have a certified police record check as all teachers are required to get that yearly for the vulnerable sector. Please take a moment to look through these attached credentials and feel free to contact me at your convenience. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my unique educational, business and traveling experiences will enable me to make a valuable contribution to your child's learning. Warm Regards, Virginia Lynn Grimaldi Ontario College of Teachers Member - # 631590
I am a highly qualified teacher with a wide array of skills. I have taught in four different continents and have experience teaching in Ontario as well as IB experience. I am going back to university to attain my Masters degree and I am looking to babysit or tutor in the interim so that I stay connected to children's learning and continue to teach while a student myself. Since I am a certified teacher, I can provide your child with learning activities and fun learning engagements while I babysit.