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Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 11 months 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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Aug 21, 2016

Wondering about Technology Use

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Aug 4, 2016

What is a Summerscape Moment?

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Jul 3, 2016

Noticing and Wondering

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Jun 19, 2016

Wonder To Learn

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May 26, 2016

Table Turned

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Feb 18, 2017

Celebrating Acts of Kindness

This week I have celebrating kindness during Random Acts of Kindness Week. While I believe that kindness should be a normal occurrence throughout the ...

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Feb 17, 2017

Heartfelt Creations

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Feb 14, 2017

Winter Warmth

Amazed by the warmth of winter, my husband and I decided to explore the quiet beauty of the nature preserve last week. Our goal was to take in the ...

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Feb 13, 2017

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Feb 11, 2017

Celebrating Winter Snow

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Feb 10, 2017

Stilled Wonder

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.Ray Bradbury Lady Winter strikes a variety of poses this season. ...

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Feb 7, 2017

What's Next?

I read the tweets and headlines from educators, journalists, and legislators and then saw the 12 p.m. vote today and thought: How will education ...

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Feb 6, 2017

All Eyes on Visual Literacy

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Some Kind of Wonderful

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