|Meet Mr. La Marr~|
The 2016-2017 school year will be my 32nd year in teaching and my 24th year of teaching 4th grade. I spent sixteen years at Cowan Fundamental School where I taught sixth grade for five years, fifth grade for three years and fourth grade for eight years. This will be my sixteenth year at Del Paso Manor and all of those years have been in fourth grade, Rapid Learner. I am a product of San Juan Schools and graduated from Del Campo High School. I went to college at CSUS and graduated with honors in 1984. I even did my student teaching in San Juan schools and first worked at DPM in 1984 as a student teacher. I earned my Master's Degree in 2000 in curriculum and instruction, but the program was truly a technology program. I have also earned GATE certification which allows me to teach GATE education. Besides 31 previous school years, I taught summer school for 20 years in grades K-6.
I truly enjoy working with gifted students. The day is always entertaining, and one never knows where any topic will lead. I am lucky to be in a situation where my creativity can be put forth in the classroom and I can develop curriculum that is specially fitted to each individual class. I love creating curriculum and then implementing it. It always amazes me what my students can create and the ideas that come forward in room 15 each and every day are those which leave me with a positive feeling about the future. We are developing innovative thinkers at DPM and that is what the 21st Century Skills dictate we do. Teaching in the rapid learner program really is a, "Get them started and then get out of the way" situation. It is outstanding to have the opportunity to work with the leaders of tomorrow.
Receiving the San Juan Teacher of the Year Award with my incredible class
Class of 2015-16 at Westminster Woods