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Hello and Welcome! My name is Ms. Vanessa Carter-Thompson, but here at Crossroads, my nom de plume is Ms. Thompson. As the students develop a comfort level with me, they often slip up and accidently call me "Mom" or "Grandma"---then we laugh it off and settle on the equally affible moniker, "Ms. T". Let me begin this biography by giving you 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 Teaching (1999) and accepted a position here 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. Here at Crossroads, our Inquiry Zone experiences also help to provide a deeper understanding of/and experience with a variety of science concepts. Of course Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are a huge, much loved, component in our program as well, so expect to see those subjects in the mix. There is so much more I'd love to share with you and I can't wait to hear about you, your child, your expectations, and goals for this year. Questions, comments, concerns, and/or compliments? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Did I mention that I LOVE SCIENCE and look forward to teacing, learning, and exploring with you and your young Scientist(s)! Thank You!