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Gloria Moeller

teacher photoGloria Moeller of San Diego, California has been teaching for over 20 years. She began her career in a small town in Colorado and has taught at elementary- and middle-grade levels. Currently she is teaching 7th-grade world history and 8th-grade American history at Lakeside Middle School.

Gloria became interested in helping children improve their content-reading skills while earning her masters degree. Gloria has been a presenter at California Council for the Social Studies Conferences and California Reading Association Conferences. She has written a teaching unit for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia and has also been on its summer curriculum writing team for several years, helping the Williamsburg Foundation develop teaching units to accompany its electronic fieldtrip program.

Vital Statistics
B.A. from San Diego State University
M.A. from National University
National University distinguished Master Teacher Award
Reading Teacher of the Year Award, Lakeside Union School District

Why did you become a teacher?
While I was in high school, I worked summers teaching swimming lessons. I knew from that experience that I was skilled at working with children. Plus, I had always loved school myself and had several outstanding teachers that had really inspired me.

What do you feel are your successes as a teacher?
I feel I have a strength in helping students to find connections between the lives of people in history to their own lives. Also, I enjoy mentoring teachers, inspiring them to see teaching as a multi-faceted profession requiring engagement on the part of the teacher in order to make a difference with their students.

What are your greatest challenges?
My greatest challenges revolve around my tendency to allow teaching to consume my life. I often have to remind myself that I am a better teacher when I stay balanced between my professional and personal life.

What do you like least about teaching?
Monotonous record-keeping tasks! And one of my pet peeves is poorly organized, irrelevant teacher inservice training.

What do you like most about teaching?
I love interacting with students and observing them relate with their peers during experiential activities in the classroom. I love hearing the questions they develop when they are given the chance to be the question writers. I learn so much from them everyday!

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