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     Ms. Wojtalewicz

     
     Ms. Wojtalewicz                   Hiking in the Blue Mountains
     
     

    I am so excited to begin my fifth year teaching fifth grade at Tularcitos! These past four years have been amazing! By far, the best part of each day is getting to work with the fantastic students in Room 41! A very close second is working with the incredible fifth grade team! I thoroughly enjoy working, planning, and reflecting with this dedicated group of teachers and students. I am looking forward to getting to know a new bunch of fifth graders this year!

    Originally, I am from Walnut Creek, California. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and earned my teaching credential from Sonoma State University in 2000. While at UCSB I studied abroad in London for six months. That one experience changed my life! Since then, I have combined my passion for teaching and traveling by living, traveling, and teaching all over the world. All in all, I have spent over 7 years abroad. I taught in Mexico, Japan, and Germany. I spent a summer volunteering in Costa Rice building houses and protecting sea turtles. Spain has a special place in my heart now ... in all I have spent four summers there! Two different summers I hiked all the way across Spain on the Camino Santiago, over 500 miles and I was lucky enough to spend two summers in Madrid earning my Masters of Education degree there. I even volunteered teaching English while living on a ship called the Peace Boat that sailed around the world, twice!  

    I feel so lucky to have finally grown roots here on the Monterey Peninsula. Before coming to Tular, I worked at the International School of Monterey for six years, both as a teacher and as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator. I earned a Master of Education in 2012 from Endicott College.

    This past summer I was lucky to return to Austraila! I spent a lot of time exploring Sydney. I hiked all around the city. I enjoyed many National Parks there and long hikes too. One of my favorites this summer was hiking in the Blue Mountains National Park. This National Park is a bit west of Sydney. It is somewhat similar to the Grand Canyon here in the U.S.

    Besides traveling and spending time with friends, I enjoy running, hiking, and finding great coffee shops to read and people watch. I have run 12 marathons and many half marathons. In 2014 and 2015 I ran the Boston Marathon and then six days later I ran the Big Sur Marathon! Unfortunately… I have recently been sidelined by an injury, but anxiously look forward to running again!

     

     Enjoy the journey
     
    (Camino Santiago, Spain, 2009)
    Let's enjoy the journey together!