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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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 ...


Oct 7, 2017

Summer Fades Into Fall

"... and all at once, summer collapsed into fall." -Oscar Wilde September heralded autumn and prepared for a grand showing . All noted nature's ...


Sep 20, 2017

Engaging Families and Communities in Student Learning

Stress and harmonic imbalance at home can decrease student's ability to enjoy school and perform to the best of their abilities. So what can we, as ...


Sep 16, 2017

Make Your Mark on International Dot Day 2017

It's International Dot Day 2017, "a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration". Dots are filling Twitter like confetti from the ...


Mar 23, 2018

March Musings 23: Nor'easter 4

Wednesday night as the nor'easter settled down for a #winterinspring nap, I captured its beauty, wondering what to expect ...

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Mar 22, 2018

March Musings #22: RSVP

From my high school French teacher, I learned that it is proper etiquette to Respondez s'il vous plait to invitations. On March 1st, a writer ...

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Mar 21, 2018

March Musings #21: World Poetry Day

Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity.Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, 2017Last month, twenty-eight days of ...

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Mar 20, 2018

March Musings #20: On Hope

Hope is ever-presentin nature and in lifeeven when tucked away.Hope gives life to the forgotten,opens doors, previously closed.It becomes the ...

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Mar 19, 2018

March Musings #19: Lucky To:

When growing up, I always heard about the luck of the Irish. Good luck is for everyone and is often developed from positive mindsets. I am fortunate ...

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Mar 18, 2018

March Musings #18: Pot of Gold

In my town, St. Patrick's Day brings out the best in everyone. From the morning yoga class to our friends' gathering, green was everywhere. The ...

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Mar 17, 2018

March Musings #17: Collaboration Counts Poetry Slice

I am not sure how it all began but I do remember it was one of the nights this week when the Night Owl PLN got together on Twitter. I decided to ...

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Mar 16, 2018

March Musings #16: Snowflakes

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52825/snowflakeGolden Shovel PoemLine Lifted: Into a perfect flake of miraculous snowThey danced intomy ...

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Mar 15, 2018

March Musings #15: Snow-Kissed Winter

Lately, nor'easters come and go on Long Island announcing their arrival and quick departure like layover flights. You would think Long Islanders are ...

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