Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 2 years ago

I have been a lifelong learner and wonderer my entire life. As a child, curiosity allowed my mind to wander to imaginative places and seek answers. My mother and grandmother whose creative talents were boundless fostered my flights into the world of creativity. Appreciating the gifts of reading, writing, art, and learning at a very young age, led me to creative outlets and a long teaching and administrative career in the field of literacy. I continue to notice and wonder about life, learning, and literacy; write with passion and an observant eye; ardently champion voice as a means to be creatively expressive, and passionately promote positivity during my unretirement days as an ELA Consultant. Being one of Wonderopolis’ Wonder Lead Ambassadors is an honor and will provide the opportunity to continue to impact teaching and learning in a broader sense. Besides being an educator, I am: -Co-moderator of #NYEDChat, the voice of New York State educators and beyond where I continually invite educators and colleagues from across the globe to join in timely discussions -Writer/creator of the "Reflect With Me Galleries of Artistic Expressions" that connect literacy, the arts, and technology, bringing a sense of voice through poetry and photography to the public eye -Blogger and member of the following social media communities: Celebrate This Week, DigiLit Sunday, Poetry Friday, Slice of Life, Spiritual Journey Thursday -Presenter at local, regional, state, and national conferences -Executive Board Member and Editor of the Long Island Language Arts Council -Member of the following literary associations: International Literacy Council, Nassau Reading Council, National Council of Teachers of English, New York State English Council

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Jul 18, 2018

Double Ouch!

"Bee stings can hurt a lot and turn an otherwise nice summer day into a day you won't soon forget for all the wrong reasons!" -Wonderopolis Wonder of ...


May 21, 2018

Wish Weeds of Springtime

When I was a child, the neighborhood children often engaged in imaginative play. Each spring, we gathered little whites globes found in our lawn to ...


Apr 15, 2018

Just One of Those Weeks

Have you ever experienced problems with your computer? You probably know the kind I am talking about, the ones that make you so FRUSTRATED? Well this ...


Mar 19, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Fun

In my village of Rockville Centre, St. Patrick's Day brings out the best in everyone, whether you are Irish or not. Sharing the love of St. Patrick's ...


Feb 16, 2018

Wondering is the First Step in Learning

Have you ever stopped to professionally wonder? When you are in the wondering zone do you become passionate about novel ideas that stir your ...


Jan 8, 2018

New Year Thoughts

Happy New Year to All. Twitter is lighting up with chats bringing in the new year. Tonight is the first #WonderChat and #NYEDChat of the new year. ...


Dec 13, 2017

Thoughts on the First Snow

As Long Island changed from late autumn to a winter-like scene and back to autumn this past weekend, I turned to Wonderopolis to continue wondering ...


Nov 1, 2017

Thoughts at the End of Halloween 2017

Halloween magic was evident in my neighborhood today. A parade of continuous costumed-characters made their way down the street from early afternoon ...


Oct 23, 2017


When we notice and wonder we see life more clearly, both professionally and personally. As a wonderologist/Wonder Lead Ambassador for Wonderopolis, I ...


Jul 17, 2018

It's Hot!

Summer heat lays heavily this morning. Instead of an energetic beginning of the day, there was a lethargic ...

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Jul 15, 2018

Expecting the Good

Life is fragile and uncertain and it only takes a few seconds to have it turned upside down. Two days ago, on an ordinary summer day, I felt the wind ...

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Jul 13, 2018

Giving and Receiving

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”Mark Twain's inspirational quote above is one that applies to how ...

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Jul 10, 2018

Tick Tock

Trying to beat the clock.Time moves on. Tick. Tock. Why the rush? Why the fuss?Life goes on.Oops, a yawn.Time to quit.Hit submit.Off it ...

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Jul 10, 2018

Designed and Curated by Carol Varsalonafeaturing a Community of Reflective Poets, Photographers, and Artists💮Spring is when life's alive in ...

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Jul 6, 2018

Finding a Poem in Nature

Hope flows freely when you slow down to enjoy life with a new lens!Being one with nature- a rite of spring,a seasonal delightconnecting ...

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Jul 6, 2018

Looking Back to Look Forward

It's summer, my yearly mid-point check to self-reflect by looking back on the first half of the year in order to move forward. Six months ago, I ...

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Jul 3, 2018

Big Surprise-Ouch!

"Could the heat get any hotter?" As I raced around my patio trying to prepare for my 4th of July party, I noticed that everything was ...

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Jun 29, 2018

Watering Can Memory

"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." - Elizabeth MurrayWith that quote in mind, I ...

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