Miriam is a vivacious and caring middle school educator and private tutor. She enters the classroom each day with endless energy and a positive attitude. Miriam forms caring relationships with her students and gets to know each of them on a personal level. She helps her students build self confidence and pushes them to always do their very best. Miriam’s passion for teaching and empathy for her students has allowed her to become a dedicated and determined educator.
In December 2012, Miriam graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Education and a Secondary Teaching Certification with endorsements in English and Psychology. After moving back to the East Coast, Miriam attended and graduated from Teachers College with a Master’s of Arts in Literacy Education. Having grown up in Syracuse, NY, Miriam is thrilled to be back in New York.
While living in Michigan, Miriam had a diverse teaching experience in 6th through 12th grade classrooms. After graduating college early, Miriam stepped into a permanent substitute teaching position in a 6th grade English classroom for four months, completing her teaching experience in Michigan.
While in graduate school at Teachers College, Miriam had the opportunity to work in a 5th grade classroom at PS 29 in Brooklyn and a 6th grade classroom at School of the Future in Manhattan. While interning at School of the Future, Miriam’s principal recognized her skilled teaching abilities and offered her a permanent substitute teaching position for the end of the 2014 school year. After finishing out the 2014 school year as a 6th grade Humanities teacher, Miriam was offered the 7th grade Learning Specialist position at School of the Future for the 20142015 school year. As the Learning Specialist, Miriam co-taught with three different teachers, managing 12 students with individualized education programs. For the 2015-2016 school year, Miriam will be working in her own 6th grade Humanities classroom, which has been her goal since she began her formal education to become a teacher.
As a student of Lucy Calkins, Miriam has become proficient in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project curriculum. Miriam believes in using the balanced literacy approach to best engage students in reading and writing. In her classroom, Miriam uses a mix of small and large group instruction, recognizing the benefits of both approaches. Additionally, she pushes herself to have frequent reading and writing conferences with students to assess their progress. Miriam’s students not only improve their academic skills, but also develop a sense of independence. By using exemplar texts and “kid friendly” checklists, students learn how to evaluate their own work. Students work together through challenging assignments and eventually recognize their own potential.
When she’s not with her students, Miriam enjoys running, trying new restaurants, relaxing by a lake, and being with family and friends. Miriam attended Camp Ramah in Canada for twelve summers, eight years as a camper and four years as a water ski instructor. She took a gap year after high school to study in Israel and to travel to various countries. She looks forward to working with My Learning Springboard students!