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

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Ms. Vanessa Carter-Thompson - 3rd Grade Teacher 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 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 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.  We anticipate resuming weekly visits to the Inquiry Zone (I-Zone), our interactive science/inquiry space, in the near future and/or we will perhaps participate in I-Zone activites in the classroom. These fun activities provide a deeper understanding of/and experience with a variety of science concepts. Of course Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are a huge and 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 www.vanessa.thompson@spps.org  Did I mention that I LOVE SCIENCE and look forward to teaching, learning, and exploring with you and your young Scientist(s)! Thank You!