Sep 10

Letter from Mr. Wender

Dear Parents,

Hello! My name is Daniel Wender. My friends and family call me Danny, and your children will know me as Mr. Wender.  I am excited to be working with Mrs. Tolhurst this Fall in Third Grade. I am in the process of completing my bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education at SUNY Geneseo. To do this I will be completing the first half of student teaching by working in Mrs. Tolhurst’s room for six weeks.  Student teaching is my last step before I graduate, and I have been looking forward to this for awhile! I am a firm believer in the idea that the best way to learn is through hands on experience. Over the course of the next six weeks I hope to teach your child valuable information and skills while also learning from them how to become a better teacher.

When I am not in classes or in the classroom, I am commonly found playing all sorts of games. These range from video games to card games, board games, tabletop games, and everything in between.  In general I love games, especially ones that involve strategy. Chess is one of my all time favorites and I currently have an ongoing game with my girlfriend’s mother.  I am also talented when it comes to technology and electronics and enjoy showing others new programs that could help make their lives easier. In college I worked as a Lab assistant for the CIT help desk and aspire to bring my love for technology into the classroom through its incorporations into my lessons.

In addition to playing games I love to read, write, and jam out on my guitar. My favorite books to read are science fiction and fantasy.  While growing up my favorite series was the Percy Jackson series. I still reread it occasionally and enjoy it every time.

While I love games and computers, there is nothing in life that is more important than family.  I am from Long Island and take every chance I can to go home and visit. Sadly, that is not as often as I would like.  My family is comprised of my mother who is a rabbi, my father who is a lawyer, and two sisters, and older one and a younger one. Like most siblings, these two sometimes drive me crazy, but they are two of my favorite people.  They are a perfect comedic pair and never fail at getting everyone in stitches at the dinner table.

This is an experience I will never forget and each child will be the best educators I will have to date.  While I am nervous, I am also extremely excited and very grateful for this opportunity.

Thank you for your time, and please never hesitate to ask me any questions.

Daniel Wender


P.S. Attached is a picture of me in 3rd Grade.

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