My name is Maria Annunziata and I am a 1st grade teacher at Amana Academy. I teach at a K-8th grade school that fosters Expeditionary Learning. It is my personal belief that all students will thrive in an environment where they feel safe, loved, and are encouraged to learn.
I have three main passions in life: Teaching through Expeditionary Learning, Music & Arts integration with the general curriculum, as well as living life with an open hand, open heart, and open mind.
As a child I watched School House Rock and they taught me that "Knowledge is Power." I truly believe that and therefore I want to learn about everything!
I come from a very musical family. I love to sing, play piano, & listen. Literally, every defining moment in my life can be found etched in my father's guitar and heard in my mother's voice.
Have you ever had a moment or an idea that changed your life for the better? Well, for this Expeditionary Learning teacher that moment was when I discovered the world of TED. It was in my senior year of college that TED.com found me. A friend of mine sent me a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson. It was that talk that got me hooked on watching TED videos and I’ve been supporter of TED ever since. During the summer of 2012 I saw that Amana Academy was interested in being apart of the TEDxYouthDay event. Since I am avid fan of ALL things TED related I jumped on the opportunity to help organize it. With the support of Amana Administration, parents and students we are moving forward with plans for the first TEDxAmanaAcademy! My hope is that the TED movement will stir in our students a desire to take charge of their Expeditions and help them to become the Citizen Scholars they were meant to be.
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