• Education:

    After completing a full year of student teaching, I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with my undergraduate in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. The following fall, I began the first of two years teaching 5th grade in Gastonia, North Carolina. During my first year there, I was honored to be nominated for the Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year Award.

    In 2008, I began substituting in Berks County until being hired for 5th grade here at Reiffton in October 2009. 
    I earned my Masters of Education at Cabrini College.

     
    Teaching Philosophy 

     I believe that learning should be FUN.

    My classroom is not generally silent, but is normally a-buzz with student movement & discussions about a piece of text or completion of an activity about a piece of text if we're in ELA.

    In science class specifically, there is a LOT of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, where the students identify key concepts through discovery.

    Math is a positive learning environment where errors and thinking that is outside the box are encouraged to be shared.

    I love including technology into lessons where possible to give students the opportunity to learn from more than just a textbook or discussion. I am also careful not to use it all day long, knowing that students have a lot of screentime these days.

     

    Personal:

    My husband and I and our two daughters live in Berks County, and we love to play outdoors in all kinds of weather (yes, that includes splashing in puddles!) I love music, especially singing and playing flute and handbells. I try to include as much music in the classroom as possible. 

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    Krista Gilham
    5th Grade, Reiffton School
    E-mail: klgilham@exetersd.org
    Reiffton Office Phone: 610-779-7640