Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 3 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 5, 2019

Summer Creative Challenge

Summertime is a joyful time of year to explore, play in the sun, relax, and recharge. One way to do so is to enjoy the pleasures of reading and ...


Apr 25, 2019

Seaside Walk Into the Fog

It only took one spontaneous moment to jump in the car and drive to a favorite Long Island seaside destination, the City by the Sea/Long Beach with ...


Feb 20, 2019

The Potent Winter Cold

It's that time of year again when the winter cold spreads from one to another. Yes, it happens every January in my house but this year it did not ...


Jan 12, 2019

National Milk Day

White, fluffy snow came down in buckets when I was little. The entire backyard was covered in drifts that prevented the local milk truck from ...


Dec 15, 2018

Holiday Haiku

It's that magical time of the year when the night sky sits in stillness, the neighborhood quiets down, and wait for the sounds of jingle bells and ho ...


Oct 11, 2018

What's The Art of Summering?

My concept of summering started many years ago as a young girl. I grew to love the summer season that always allowed me to relax, reflect, and ...


Oct 1, 2018

Summer Wonder Poetry

Have you ever experienced the feeling of sparks flying in your brain? I have. Today, I am in the creative zone, am energized, and eager to notice, ...


Aug 9, 2018


Each summer day and evening brings a surprise, a gift from nature, if we just pause to look. On Long Island, New York where I live, "There's nothing ...


Aug 4, 2018

National Watermelon Day

"Nothing quite says “summer" like a big slice of watermelon on a hot day." (Wonderopolis, Wonder of the Day #330) Today is National Watermelon ...


Jul 16, 2019

Timeless Words

Last week, I had the privilege of teaching an ELA Summer Institute for graduate students at Molloy College. During the four days, we ...

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Jul 13, 2019

In the Creativity Playground

For four days this week, I soaked in academia life in a wonder space that I created for five passionate teacher/grad students at Molloy College's ELA ...

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Jul 5, 2019

Summer Joy

It's that joyful time of year when life on Long Island seems to be full of a carefree,  relaxed sand-in-toes type of spirit. School is out. ...

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Jul 2, 2019

Summer Beach Tale

As a matter of habit these days, when the sun appears everyone runs outside and so it was last weekend. My husband and I took a short car ride to the ...

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Jun 28, 2019

Reflection at Sunset

The timeworn idiom, "One man's trash, is another man's treasure," is one that has become a statement of truth for me. Last week, writing friend, ...

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Jun 25, 2019

Raining Again

early morninggray day warningquiet surroundsheartbeat poundscrackling soundsstart their rounds©CV, 2019Rainstorm, while crossing the Verrazano ...

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Jun 20, 2019

June Vibes

Summertime makes a grand entrance each year as children and parents move into a relaxed mode of living. There are family outings, mini-trips, ...

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Jun 14, 2019

Springtime Digital Delights

Each year, spring arrives of its own accord, renewing the world as it bursts forth with color and joy! But this season, spring played ...

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Jun 12, 2019

Recollection of Fall

I recall a glorious walk last fall on a clear day that radiated with the sunshine of spring and the warmth of autumn. Instead of a quick jaunt to the ...

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