Making the Grade – Bobbie Marony |

Making the Grade – Bobbie Marony

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Bobby Marony, Summit Cove Elementary special education teacher

Bobbie Marony is a special education teacher at Summit Cove Elementary School. She spends most of her time working with small groups on literacy skills like decoding, comprehension and story recall.She also works with teachers, helping them to modify curriculum and make accommodations for special education students so they can be successful in the general ed classroom.Marony began her teaching career 11 years ago in a California middle school.”I was hooked,” she said of her first days in the classroom.Inspiration: You can lose a lot of things in this world, but no one can take an education from you – you own it! I want to be part of something that has a lifelong effect.

I used to work with a population of physically handicapped children. One in particular used to do all of his assignments on a computer, where he typed letter by letter with the use of a helmet.One day, I was working with him on his spelling when he started feverishly typing, he started asking me questions like, “What kind of music do you like?” and “What is your favorite food?” I was so shocked.He showed me that, inside his disabled exterior, there was a little boy who enjoyed music and going to the beach. He enjoyed life. I will never look at another disabled child in the same way again.Motivation: My students. I want to give them the best, and it is a privilege working with them. And I love problem-solving. It keeps me on my toes.

Philosophy: Keep it relaxed and fun without compromising high academic expectations.Modern challenges: The paperwork and keeping up with current legislation.Accomplishments: Balancing my professional life with being a mommy and wife. I think I do a pretty good job.

Role models: My parents and others who live an honest, productive life.If I had $100,000: I’d spend it on whole-school field trips and other recreational activities. Extracurricular: Camping with the family, taking hikes and visiting with friends.My students would be surprised to know: This is the first time I have ever lived in snow!

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