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Ms. Vanessa Carter-Thompson - 3rd Grade Teacher (Science Program)

Hello and Welcome! My name is Ms. Vanessa Carter-Thompson, but here at Crossroads, students refer to me as Ms. Thompson.  Let me begin by providing just a bit of information about my background and my views on educating children: After leaving a rewarding career in Food Science, I completed my Master's Degree in K-8 Life Science Education (1999) and accepted a position here in the Science Program at Crossroads Elementary School. I truly believe that the interdisciplinary focus afforded by our integration of the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is what helps to make the Science Program unique. What is STEAM? It involves using problem-solving, critical thinking and decision making skills independently and as a team every day in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

FAQ: Where will we meet this year? Well, following our successful start online this year, we will meet, beginning Monday, March 8th, in Room 2410--Mr. Nguyen's former computer/Ipad classroom. We will have lunch in an assigned area of the cafeteria and recess in an assigned area outdoors, following social distance norms and protocols. Specialists, with the exception of Ms. Lamm (Physical Education), will join us in our classroom. Visits to the Inquiry Zone (I-Zone), our interactive science/inquiry space, have been suspended until a future date (to be determined). There are conversations around perhaps participating in Inquiry Zone activites in our classroom as well, as these fun activities provide a deeper understanding of/and experience with a variety of science concepts. Of course Science will continue to be taught in our classroom, as will Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.There is so much more I'd love to share with you, I'd like to hear your questions, comments, concerns, and/or compliments, so please contact me at or inbox me on our Seesaw page.  Did I mention that I LOVE SCIENCE and look forward to teaching, learning, and exploring with you and your young Scientist(s)? Well---I do! Thank You!