Fifth Grade

5th GradeTeacher:  Mrs. Kelly Vasilakos
Contact Information:  kelly.vasilakos@bdms.org

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
                                           -Aristotle

About the Teacher:
My name is Kelly Vasilakos and this is my sixth year teaching 5th grade at Bishop Dunn Memorial School.   Prior to coming to Bishop Dunn, I worked as a long term substitute teacher in the Wappingers Central School District.  I earned my MS Degree in Education from Mount Saint Mary College and I am certified to teach grades 1-6.  Before making my career change to education, I worked at Doubleday Book and Music Clubs in the marketing and print media departments.  I am happily married and have two daughters who work in the field of physical therapy.  I am originally from Long Island and I love the beach!  I am also an animal lover and I have a dog named Cooper.  My great passion is teaching and focusing on educating the whole child.  I know that no single approach is the right one for every student so in my classroom I incorporate a love of learning, an enthusiastic and energetic approach to my teaching and always a sense of humor.  With these elements in place, I am able to create a safe and loving environment where students  are comfortable and ready to learn.

 

Teaching Philosophy:
Fifth grade is a very exciting time!  It is a year that offers students the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the primary grades while also learning new concepts to prepare them for middle school and the years to follow.  This is a transitional year that bridges the students from lower elementary grades to middle school.  I focus on creating a positive learning environment where all children can gain confidence and work to reach their full potential.  The children’s role as a student comes with the right to learn in a classroom that is safe, respectful, and caring.  This leads them to think about their responsibility in helping to foster such an atmosphere both in the classroom and out in the real world where they will become responsible and productive citizens.  If I was to sum up my philosophy in. a few phrases, I would say:  knowledge is power and honesty is the best policy.