Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 1 year 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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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 ...

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Sep 20, 2017

Engaging Families and Communities in Student Learning

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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 ...

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Sep 12, 2017

9/11 and 9-1-1

Sixteen years have gone by but there is still a sadness as the the fallen heroes of 911 are remembered around the world today. It is September 11th, ...

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Sep 7, 2017

Student-Inspired Poetry Creations

Are you delighted by the feel of sand between your toes, the smell of salt air, and the warmth of a summer day? I am and wanted to share the ...

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Sep 6, 2017

End-of-Summer Thoughts

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Aug 23, 2017

Family Fun: Capture Summer Digitally

Summertime is a favorite season to enjoy outdoor life with your family. Whether it is a vacation or just time together, families have made outdoor ...

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Aug 21, 2017

Great American Eclipse - Wonder Bundle #5

It's just minutes away from an amazing natural phenomenon-a celestial happening and I am excited to be immersed in the experience. Newspaper ...

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May 30, 2017

Wonder Bundle #4: Strange Dreams

After a night of frustrating technology glitches, I wrote a post, Whoosh!, and decided to engage in a deep breathing technique to fall asleep. Little ...

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Oct 20, 2017

Autumn Writing

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Oct 18, 2017

Percolating Idea-Why I Write

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Oct 15, 2017

Celebrating Wonder!

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Oct 13, 2017

Autumn Ablaze: Invitation to Create

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Oct 8, 2017

Harvest Moon Grandeur

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Oct 7, 2017

Autumns Invites Change

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Oct 6, 2017

Small Steps

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Oct 3, 2017

Red Leaf Calling

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its ...

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Sep 30, 2017

Celebrating Firsts

on this ordinary dayI'm remembering an extraordinary September weekendand reflecting on the FIRSTS that marked a momentous occasion. FIRST ...

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