Meet Mrs. Mc Gowan
In September 2012, I'll be starting my 19th year at H. W. Mountz Elementary School. All but one of those years has been teaching first grade. There's so much to learn together (Teaching Philosophy) and I'm looking forward to another wonderful year in Room 104!
Previously, I directed a church-based preschool. During that time, I was enrolled in a Masters program at Rutgers University. It's also the time when I started to learn how to use a computer!
Back-tracking even more, my first career was in nursing. On becoming a registered nurse (St. Vincents Medical Center School of Nursing, NYC), I worked part time in hospitals while getting my BA degree in sociology. I took a year off to learn community health nursing with the NYC Department of Health. Subsequently, I worked for our local Visiting Nurse Association for a few years. It was during this time that the teaching "bug" took hold. Community health nurses do lots of teaching!
Several years, one hubby, and four
sons later, I found myself in a friend's preschool
"helping out". I also volunteered in two
Kindergarten classrooms and had a close up view of
what good teachers do. So back to school I went,
this time to become an elementary teacher.
Our home is quiet now, but the boys still call home every weekend. Kevin, Carolyn, Matthew and Molly live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and Dan, Rebecca, Brannon and Grayson live near Denver, Colorado. Chris, Dawn, Maddie and Chloe are near us here in N.J., and Nicole just finished college! Dave and Veronica are in Seattle and my students hear lots about his work with sharks and rays during the year. My husband, Chris, is enjoying his retirement.
I enjoy reading Jane Austen books over and over again, and I'm fascinated with Civil War family stories. Most of all, I love helping children become readers and love books as much as I do!
Marci McGowan, Ed. M
McGowan, M. (2005). My Internet projects and other online resources for the literacy classroom. In R. A. Karchmer, M. H. Mallette, J. Kara-Soteriou & D. J. Leu, Jr. (Eds.), Innovative Approaches to Literacy Education: Using the Internet to Support New Literacies (pp 85-102). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
McGowan, M. (2005). New literacies in my classroom! In D. J. Leu, Jr., D.D. Leu & J. Coiro, Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times (4th ed., pp 34-35). Norwood, Ma: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc.
McGowan, M. (2005). Mrs. McGowan's first grade website. In R.C. Forcier & D.E. Descy, The Computer as an Educational Tool : Productivity and Problem Solving (4th ed., pp 364-365). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
The essence of teaching is creating meaningful learning experiences for children. Educational programs should be centered around the child, emphasizing:
A variety of resources are utilized to accomplish this: our own classroom community, hands-on activities, parent connections, collaboration with staff members and other teachers, community resources, and my own continuing education.
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