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Student Teaching
Welcome to my eFolio! My name is Christina Rivenburg and I am currently a 2nd Grade teacher at John Kerr Elementary in Winchester, VA. It is my third year as a teacher and I am absolutely loving every facet of teaching. From the s

miling faces greeting me each morning to the wonderful colleagues with whom I collaborate, I simply could not see myself in any other profession. Teaching truly is more than a profession, it is my passion!
Prior to teaching at JKES, I taught 2nd grade at Conway Elementary School (SCPS) in Falmouth, VA. At Conway Elementary I grew as both and educator and leader in my school. During my first year, I collaborated with fellow grade level members to assist our team in a transformation from one of the lower performing grade levels to one of the highest performing teams in our school. I have developed meaningful, differentiated, and engaging lessons for all subject areas and have garnered student success as they live by our classroom motto "Never settle for less than your best". We repeat it every time we take a test and they are intrinsically motivated to do put forth their best effort! Throughout the course of this school year I have served as a guide of an integral Foundations committee and become a key player in spearheading the creation of a new student leadership program, Conway Ambassadors. Each month I am involved in training these students and I even designed the shirt for the group. My classroom has also served as a pilot for the leadership and goal setting programs being launched at our school this year.

As part of my journey in becoming a teacher I completed practicums for my each of my four content area methods courses and am currently student teaching. The practicum experiences for each of the methods courses enabled me to observe Grades K-5 and teach lessons in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th Grade. The entirety of my student teaching was been spent working with a wonderful Third Grade teacher and amazing class at Stonehouse Elementary School in Williamsburg James City County Public Schools. Stonehouse Elementary was home to approximately 800 students in Grades K-5 and I feel so grateful to have been a part of their learning community. The class consisted of a diverse group of twenty students, six of which had special needs and an additional six who received gifted enrichment. The students in Room 207 were so full of life, excited to learn, creative, and their minds always were wide open waiting to soak up as much knowledge as possible.
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Born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL my family then moved around many times during my school career, hopping between schools in Florida, Virginia, and Massachusettes. We finally settled down in the suburbs of Fredericksburg, VA and have lived there for the past ten years. As a result of our seemingly endless moving, I had three first grade teacher because my family moved twice during that school year. Many people cringe when I explain the countless moves I endured as a child, however I am now able to look back at these school changes in a positive light. Through the many moves I experienced numerous teaching styles and was exposed to diverse school environments. Quite a few of my elementary school teachers left a remarkable impression upon my life and it is greatly because of their influences that I aspire to become a teacher.

In high school, I participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and took a course entitled Teacher Cadet. The class allowed me to explore teaching as a profession and participate in a six-week long practicum through which I worked with 3rd Grade students at Falmouth Elementary School in Falmoth, VA. In 2007 I graduated from Stafford High School as Valedictorian of my class and entered the College of William and Mary to commence my undergraduate degree. While at the College I became very involved in campus organizations, such as Pep Band, Wind Symphony, Canterbury, assisting a high school and middle school flute choir, and tutoring students at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. Music and children were very present in my life and continue to hold a very special place in my heart. In May 2010 I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Music, prepared to remain at W&M and enter the 5th year Master's of Arts in Elementary Education program in the School of Education. In the May of 2011 I will graduate with a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. As a graduate student I still play flute in a student-run flute choir I created and recently finished my two year term as director of the Pep Band. As director of this student-run organization I worked closely with a dear friend and colleague to manage the band. I hope to be able to incorporate my love of music into my future, taking any opportunity to work with flute choirs or perform on flute.IMG_8604.JPG

Though my love of music strongly beats within my heart, a greater love has been fostering inside of me since my very first day of Kindergarten. This more powerful passion is a love for school and education. Growing up, there was never a day that I did not want to go to school or learn new things. As I grew to become an adult an idea formed in the back of my mind, the thought that I might one day become a teacher. As a senior in high school I chose to take a course entitled Teacher Cadet to test the waters of education and I can truly say that the course changed my life. Nurtured by friends and family the idea grew to become a lifelong career path. It is my greatest aspiration to teach young children and encourage them to love and enjoy learning as much as me. With each student I want to kindle within them a fire, the fire representing a love of learning. It will be my most important responsibility as a teacher to foster individuals who can participate fully in the community, but more importantly become lifelong learners.

Please take time to explore my online portfolio. It has been updated to feature my experiences in both my current school and the school at which I completed my student teaching. The eFolio takes you on a tour through the various competencies and professional dispositions that I have fulfilled through the Masters of Elementary education program. On the left-hand side of this page you will find links to navigate my eFolio. If you have any comments or questions feel free to email me at clmillson@email.wm.edu. Thank you again.