About Mrs. Pechan

I absolutely love teaching! It runs in the family, as both my mother and grandmother were teachers. Previously, I've taught several 4/5 combination classes, fifth grade, Kindergarten, and a sprinkling of grades from first - eighth before that. I advise our school's STEM Club and R.O.V. team. It is so much fun! I have a passion for teaching and enjoy each and every day! =)

I earned my teaching credential from CSU Sacramento and
my BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Liberal Studies
with a minor in Computer Science and Technology.

I love using tech whenever possible with my students. We will be dabbling in STEM activities, robotics, screencasts, website creation, podcasts, tons of tech, and lots more!

I am a big believer in life long learning, so I moonlight as Education Staff for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, work as an Education Curriculum Consultant (recently worked on a project for Disney), and am currently working on publishing a book on 3D printing for teachers.

 

Educational Philosophy

"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."
~Chinese Proverb

This Chinese proverb basically states how I model my classroom. I believe that the classroom is a place for students to be involved and to discover things on their own with the teacher merely acting as a facilitator to their discoveries.

My educational philosophy is based on the hands-on learning approach. I am a big believer of Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Everyone has their own unique way of learning. It is my job as an educator to meet those educational needs and to help my students realize and reach their fullest potential.
In my classroom, students participate in hands-on activities and are actively engaged in a safe, nurturing, and student-centered learning environment.
Cooperative learning is an essential factor in the classroom environment as well as in my own teaching. Instilling a sense of community is something we begin on the first day of school and maintain it throughout the year with weekly class meetings, student input in how the classroom is run, community building activities,
peer mediation, etc. I hope to empower my students with the skills necessary to live in the multiculturally diverse world in which we exist.
As a teacher, I hope to be able to instill and convey to my students my love and enthusiasm for teaching and life long learning. I hope that this will be contagious within the classroom.

Whether it is the fraction rap or doing the multiplication cha cha, when you walk into the classroom you'll find students engaged and excited about learning!

Those who can, do...Those who can do more, teach. ~ Anonymous

 

    A student's version of our classroom!

                                         A student model of our classroom

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