Leigh Elliott



Question: What would you say your best teaching strategy is?

Scaffolding the content is an important strategy I use with my math planning. I consider where students may experience challenges with the math standards we are learning and look for ways to make the content easier to grasp. My goal is for students to experience success in class. Graphic organizers, manipulatives, number lines, and sorts are some of the tools I use to support the learning we’re doing.

Question: What do you teach?

Answer: I teach Early Intervention Math for grades K-5 (EIP).

Question: Have you always taught that?

Answer: I have taught in a variety of positions. I’ve taught homeroom classes for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades. I’ve taught EIP and MPACT. I’ve also taught in the technology lab as an activity teacher.

Question: Why is this what you wanted to teach?

Answer: I enjoy math and reasoning. I like solving puzzles and enjoy helping my students discover all the ways we use math in everyday living.

Question: What led you to choose to teach this age group?

Students learn key foundational skills during elementary school. These skills are important throughout life, and I enjoy being a part of these foundational learning experiences.

Question: What do you feel is the most important thing to have in your classroom? Why? 

Answer: Having hands-on manipulatives is essential in my math classroom. Students have a greater understanding of the math concepts we’re learning when they can represent their understanding with manipulatives.

Question: What is your favorite thing about teaching? 

Answer: I enjoy building rapport with my students and seeing them grasp new concepts.

What makes your school special? 

Answer: My school is special because we are a team. We care for one another and work together to serve our students. I love our diverse student population also.

Question: 2020-2021 was a year like no one has ever experienced, with many challenges and yet, you were selected as the Teacher of the Year. What do you think was a differentiator for you and your classroom especially in the wake of COVID?

I think all educators deserve recognition for this challenging year. This year has been a team effort. I have embraced technology and the use of manipulatives (virtual or actual) in engaging my students. 

What is the best way for parents to support our teacher's? 

I think students benefit greatly when teachers and parents communicate frequently to support student learning.

Question: How can students show their appreciation? 

Answer: I appreciate the moments when my students understand something new. I appreciate their willingness to engage and ask questions. It’s rewarding to see students I taught in previous years and discover how far they’ve come. 


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