“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein

WELCOME to my Electronic Portfolio!

My name is Caily Bridgeland, and I just graduated summa cum laude from William and Mary's Graduate School of Education in May. I also received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in English with a minor in Music. I look forward to pursuing my dream of being a full time teacher in an Elementary classroom!

Graduation May 2012
Student Teaching Experience

In September 2012, I was placed as a fourth grade student teacher at Matoaka Elementary Schoolin Williamsburg-James City County. I have observed classes in Math, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science in kindergarten through fifth grades. My practica experiences have given me the opportunity to witness the developmental stages and progress of students at a variety of ages. I have been lucky to work with two different fourth grade classrooms and have adapted lesson plans to address the individual needs of both classes. One class has twenty-six students: one student has ADHD, one is in the ESL program, and one has suspected dysgraphia. The other class has twenty-five students: two have ADD. I believe that the diversity in both of my classrooms has helped me adapt my lesson plans to individualize instruction.

Introducing Myself

I grew up in McLean, Virginia close to Washington, D.C. I attended Holy Trinity School in Georgetown from kindergarten through eighth grade, and also attended The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia for high school. My experiences in smaller schools have made me value close-knit communities with highly dedicated faculty. Both Holy Trinity and The Potomac School encourage students, parents, and faculty to be involved in service projects, which has instilled in me a desire to give back to any community that I become a part of. I am currently a member of the Presidents Youth Advisory Board for EARTH University in Guacimo, Costa Rica, which helps underprivileged students from third-world countries learn sustainable agriculture practices to implement in their native countries. I support Whole Foods because it provides EARTH bananas, which use organic post-harvest fungicide and use chemical-free bags to protect fruits.

Other service projects that I have been involved in are Juvenile Walk to Cure Diabetes and Bright Beginnings, an organization that helps homeless children. I have also melded my love of service with music and dance, by either irish dancing or performing with my a cappella group at philanthropy events, including The National Eating Disorder Organization, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Relay for Life, and Stop Hunger Now during my high school and undergraduate experience.

I also enjoy many forms of music, especially Celtic. I was an irish dancer for eleven years and I have always loved Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. I sang with an a cappella group in college for four years called The William and Mary Accidentals. I have also always loved reading and creative writing. My favorite adult authors are Jane Austen and Ernest Hemingway, and my favorite childhood authors are Roald Dahl, Madeline L'Engle, J.K. Rowling and Beverly Cleary.

The purpose of my eportfolio is to record my student teaching experience and capture my personal beliefs about how to reach each and every student that I come across. I believe in using a variety instructional styles and practices to reach diverse student needs, and have attached several of my favorite lesson plans. For any specific questions about my experiences, credentials, and development as a teacher, please click on the links found to the right of the screen for specific categories of interest. If you have any further questions, please email me at caily.bridgeland@gmail.com or call me at (703) 635-4936 if you would like to speak with me about my experience. Thanks for your interest and I hope that you enjoy!