4-7-2017 – Eastvale – Meet Patricia Evalle from Harada Elementary! She is a second grade teacher.
Ms. Evalle has been a teacher at the Corona-Norco Unified School District for 13 years. She has taught second, third and sixth grade. This is her first year as a second grade teacher.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree and Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.
“My favorite part of being a teacher is, there is always something new and interesting to learn,” she says, “About the world, about my students, and about myself.”
Ms. Evalle has always had a passion for teaching so she decided to pursue a career as an educator.
“I have found knowledge allows people to fully appreciate the world and gain an insight into themselves that is not otherwise possible,” she says, “To be a small part of that in a child’ s life is as much a gift to me as it is to them.”
Her teaching philosophy is to help her students learn the tools necessary to successfully maneuver through their path.
“I feel every child I teach has a path and a purpose,” she says, “Though I may not know where the path will lead, it is my responsibility to help them acquire the tools to maneuver through their path as successfully as possible.”
She says a typical day in second grade necessitates some routines.
“At the same time, variety is built in with exposure to various types of texts and media, small-group collaborative tasks, whole-class discussions, and the use of technology,” she says, “Second grade is a critical year for reading so it plays a big part in our day across all subjects.”
A goal for this school year was to build a strong math foundation with her kids.
“We have spent a lot of time digging deeper into understanding numbers with manipulative’s and different visual representations of math situations,” she says, “Kids play a much more accountable role in their own understanding of mathematics than ever before, this is empowering.”
Her favorite quote is one from Michelangelo: “I’m still learning.”
“This will always be me,” she says.
Here are a few words of encouragement from Ms. Evalle:
“It doesn’t get any easier, you just get used to working hard.”