“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time,
add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman

Welcome to my efolio! My name is Christine Ammirati and I recently completed a Master's of Arts in Education at the College of William and Mary. Twenty-three years after my first professional teaching experience, I have secured my teaching license from the Commonwealth of Virginia with certification for elementary education (PreK - grade 6) and have now completed my coursework for an ESL add-on endorsement. In the intervening years, I worked for a decade as a preschool administrator in Arlington, VA and served in leadership positions in my children's schools in Asia and in the United States. Now, my children are both in college and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to classroom teaching. My goal is to teach in an elementary classroom in the Williamsburg, VA area.

In the 2010-2011 school year, I worked as a student teacher in a wonderful third grade classroom at Matoaka Elementary School in Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. In this placement, I taught social studies, science, reading, language arts, and math to a class of twenty-three students. I also had the opportunity to observe classes in all other grade levels at Matoaka and five additional elementary schools in the Williamsburg area. Recently, I was honored to be selected by the William & Mary Elementary Education faculty as the 2011 representative to the Teachers of Promise Institute.

I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in international business from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from the College of Arts and Sciences. I have been fascinated with China since my preteens and as an undergraduate was fortunate to study twice at Beijing University as part of the first American student exchanges with China. After graduation, I worked as the Taiwan Desk Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce and then as an Analyst in a Washington, D.C. Management Consulting firm. When my husband transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as a State Department officer, I began teaching. I worked as a 5th grade classroom teacher at the International Study Group and transferred the following year to the larger American-system International School of Beijing where I taught 9th grade World History and Algebra. In both schools, my students were the children of diplomats from all over the world.

My graduation from William and Mary's elementary education masters program is the fulfillment of more than two decades of good intentions. My desire to return to teaching in an elementary classroom was delayed by frequent family moves, my desire to be available for my children, and my rewarding work in an early childhood setting. However, the experience I have gained over the last twenty three years has proven to be fundamental to my current abilities as a content expert, effective collaborator, reflective practitioner, and educational leader. I am confident that the competencies attained through my William and Mary education and my student teaching experience are a solid foundation for my future growth as a classroom teacher. I am excited and eager to begin the classroom teaching that I have anticipated for so long.

This efolio is intended to provide information about my qualifications as an elementary school teacher. It is an expanding collection of lesson plans and papers completed throughout the William and Mary program and a growing portfolio of artifacts from my pre-service teaching experience. Please explore the following pages for samples of lessons, additional information about my background, my philosophy of teaching, and my professional competencies. On the left side panel of this home page, navigation tabs allow quick access to these supporting pages. The Quick Links for Employers tab links to personal references, transcripts and certificates, and artifacts from my student teaching and practicum experiences. Feel free to contact me directly at cmammirati@email.wm.edu. Thank you for your interest.