About Me

My name is Leslie Sklavounos. I have been teaching elementary school for 17 years (primarily Grade One and Two), and have had the wonderful opportunity of being one of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s Literacy Leaders for a number of years. I love working with teachers, and helping to improve best teaching practices. I ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher. I have so many mentors, all of whom made me feel, like I a make a difference in this teaching world. I would like to dedicate this blog to my father. He has earned his wings, and will always be my daddy.
I am currently teaching Grade One at J.F.K. Elementary School, and I love what I do. It’s not work … it’s play, a direct quote from my father. I have been married to the most wonderful man for 8 years (Mr. Leslie), and I am a mommy to Lukas (7 years old),Olivia (5 years old) Julian (2 years old) and Xander (6 months old). Life is so busy, and chaotic at times, but I am in such a happy place, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

"I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. My personal approach creates the climate. My daily mood makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will escalate or de-escalate and a child humanized or dehumanized."  Dr.
Haim Ginott
I love these words by Haim Ginott. I was probably near the end of my first ten years of teaching, that I discovered this quote. It had an immediate impact on me! It was a teaching philosophy that I lived by, but was never able to verbalize so beautifully. It wasn't until I studied this passage, that I really started thinking about my elementary school teachers and their individual contributions that moulded me into the person I am today, both in and out of the classroom.
Teachers have the potential to be a powerful influence in their students' lives. Aside from the sharing of knowledge, we have the opportunity to teach children valuable "life-lessons".

This is why, I wanted to create a place where I can share my ideas. Possibly my success or my defeats….but a place none the less, to talk about how we can mould our students with positive experiences, that will help shape them into to the person that they are going to become…

I hope that you will follow me on my teaching journey.


Lori Carlson said...

Leslie...I love your little family! Adorable! And, your last name. Greek, perhaps? My husband is Greek(his momma), but she married a Swede. Hence, Carlson. Hope you had a great time in Vegas. I loved it! Think I'll teach 32 more years...haha! Maybe at least a couple more!

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