Fourth Grade Teacher
The major emphasis for the fourth grade year ahead is California History, reading comprehension, writing narrative and response to literature as well as multiplication mathematics. We enrich our core curriculum with science, social studies/history of California, visual and performing arts, Spanish and physical education. Fourth grade entails project-based work including book summaries and thematic Social Studies and Science reports throughout the year. Furthermore, our fourth grade will attend Science Camp at Yosemite National Park in the spring, and will stay overnight at Sutter's Fort in January as a part of the Environmental Living Program. There are many other field trips which complement the curriculum enhancing the classroom experience. Whether it is through Reading Response Journals using Bloom's Taxonomy of Questions, interactive class discussion, a hands-on lesson on prepositions, algebraic equations, or electromagnetism, Mrs. Steinman strives to inculcate a lifelong love of learning in her students. As the facilitator of our student council, she cultivates student leadership skills. Her teaching style lets students have fun due to her interdisciplinary approach, while her rigorous lessons address and exceed state content requirements.
Dorothy Steinman Biography
Dorothy Smith-Steinman joined Courtyard School as an experienced teacher who is very happy to be a part of the Courtyard community. She has taught fifth grade at Santa Clara Unified's high-performing California Distinguished School Award recipient, Laurelwood Elementary, and provided staff training on district-wide math assessments and technology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and elementary education from the University of Arizona. After earning her undergraduate degree she taught kindergarten at a small private school in Arizona fostering the students' cognitive, social, and emotional development. After pursuing her Master of Arts in History from San Diego State University, she served as a Corporate Trainer and Development Specialist at Visa International. There she assessed company skills, identifyied needs, and trained staff globally in leadership, management, and technology. She decided to return to the elementary classroom and attained her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and began teaching fourth grade in Silicon Valley. She is thrilled to bring the breadth of her experience to the fourth grade.
Mrs. Steinman enjoys spending her time with her family, which includes baking with her daughter who is a Courtyard Transitional Kindergarten student, playing with her son, watching Giant's baseball, running 5ks, and reading
"I love teaching and can tell from the warm welcome I have received that I found the perfect place to teach."