Monica Waldman is in her fifth year of teaching at ANCS.
While she got her Ph.D. 14 years ago in clinical Neuropsychology and a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in psychiatric genetics, she has to say that teaching is where her heart is now.
She has been working as a teacher for 14 years, ten at the elementary level and 4 years here at ACMS.
Ms. Waldman worked at Chelsea Public Schools as a 1st grade full inclusion teacher.
She also worked for the City Schools of Decatur as a Kindergarten-5th grade Spanish teacher while simultaneously working for almost 7 years as a research manager at the School of Public Health at Emory University doing drug abuse research.
continues to combine psychology theories with education, which makes her
classroom experience a very unique and special one.
feels confident in her
knowledge of the curriculum for students and brings to the classroom an understanding of child development and effective methodologies to engage students in learning.
With these skills she
has been able to promote student inquiry, exploration and knowledge construction.
It is her
belief that it is important to give students many opportunities to pose questions, and utilize logic and reason to discover solutions with the goal of becoming confident problem solvers and learners.
As a classroom teacher she has engaged students in hands-on experiences and empowered them to come to their own conclusions.
This has helped her
students to make connections between disciplines and to the world outside of the classroom.
believes this is how successful learning takes place.
believes in the power of children and the awesome influence a teacher holds.
knows that she
has created a child-centered learning environment enriched with a community-centered core and exploration of self.
Through songs, games, drama, art, and movement exercises students learn to understand and communicate in Spanish.
Science, math, and social studies are also included in our Spanish lessons.
continues to improve each year, and values your input and suggestions to help build a strong Spanish program.
grew up in Mexico City.
native language is Spanish but she
also speaks six other languages.
has been married for almost ten years and has twins - Ethan and Gabriela.
Ms. Waldman has a B.S. and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Anahuac University in Mexico City, an M.S. in Neuropsychopharmacology and a Ph.D in Psychopharmacology from University of Surrey, U.K., a Post-Doctorate in Psychiatric Genetics from Yale University, and a Masters in Public Health from Emory University.
Mrs. Waldman hopes that she
has an opportunity to meet you in the near future.
Thank you for all your support! ¡Hasta luego!