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Welcome to 5th Grade!
Hello. My name is Sabina Vaswani and I started my teaching career in 2014 as a Learning Expert Teacher at Basis Oro Valley. After a year at Basis, I taught 3rd grade for 4 years at Green Fields School. This year I am happy to be teaching 5th grade at Innovation Academy. I believe teaching is a two way street where I teach as well as learn from my students. I believe in order to have a positive and enriching learning environment, positive interactions with students and families are important.
Why did I choose teaching as my profession?
I remember, after studying Psychology, I spent a lot of time observing and interacting with people from all walks of life, not really knowing what my future had in store for me. All I knew was that I wanted to be surrounded by children, as I admired their innocence and free-spirited personality. During my first month as a preschool aide, I distinctly remember a little boy looking at me as soon as I entered the classroom. Throughout the day, he did not say a word. He just held my hand and accompanied me everywhere I went. I felt an instant connection with him and later on, I got to know that he did not know English and he could only communicate in Spanish. Luckily, I started communicating with him in Spanish and for the rest of the time together, we were best buddies. I realized during my time at the preschool that non-verbal communication is as important as verbal communication. Making a connection with kids and providing them with a solid foundation that will help them in the future is something I believe to be essential in any environment.
Education Degrees and Certifications
- BA in Psychology with a minor in Media Communications from Webster University, London
- MA in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona