If I was to describe Teri using only a few adjectives, I would say Teri is fun, creative, understanding, and always willing to help at a moment's notice.
I had the pleasure of my first observation of this school year being in Teri's classroom during a science lesson, and I swear she designed knowing I would get so into the lesson I would end up taking science tools from small children and doing the lesson with the kids ( I literally ripped a computer out of the hand of a small child so I could look something up with them, not my proudest moment....Thanks a lot Teri).
As the students were into the lesson, I knew I wanted to feature Teri as my intermediate teacher feature because she took such a huge risk for herself when inviting me into the room for that lesson. I LOVED the lesson. The lesson was for the most part student directed. Students were elaborating on the information that they had been exploring and applying it to new situations. There were not any "right" answers because it was not coming from a workbook page. Students had the opportunity to interact with actual specimens within their group and the processes put into place were impeccable. Plus Teri did not have the pressure of having to be the "Sage on the Stage" for the entire lesson. Ten minutes tops and the students started to research, and draw, and discuss, and observe. They LOVED the lesson and they LOVE Teri.
Here is a little what I was able to experience with her students last week:
Below are the last bit of images of the specimens students interacted with.