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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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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


Sep 6, 2017

End-of-Summer Thoughts

It is now two days after Labor Day. Summer life changes to back-to-school life for educators and children. The temperature also changes to more ...


Dec 18, 2017

3rd Snowfall

Snow is a seasonal pleasure when it first falls. On Long Island, we expect snow in winter but this year, the marshmallow world sight ...

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Dec 13, 2017

Celebrate a Marshmallow World

The #firstsnow lit up the Twitter feeds as a trending topic of the day. Meteorologist reports were constant as the weather pattern inched northwards. ...

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Dec 9, 2017

Nature is Overflowing

 "Look!  Nature is overflowing with the grandeur of God!"-  John Muir  This autumn  I have been impressed by ...

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Dec 8, 2017

2017 One Little Word Reflection

December is always a good time to step back and reflect on my one word journey. Questions I Pose:Did I create a fluid journey story ...

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Dec 5, 2017

Holiday Spirit

It happens every December. The holidays creep up. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas leaves my house in a state of cluttered transition. ...

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Dec 2, 2017

November Exits

“Submit to nature, return to nature."-Matsuo Bashoautumn ablazefired up by nature's flamenovember exitsToday, nature flipped its calendar from ...

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Nov 28, 2017

#NCTE17 Take Aways

It has been one week since I returned from NCTE 17 and that special city with a catchy song, Meet Me In St. Louis. Memories vividly remain in my ...

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Nov 27, 2017

Heart Full of Gratitude

Now that the bright lights of NCTE 17 have dimmed and Thanksgiving decorations are being sorted and placed away for another year of celebration, I ...

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Nov 24, 2017

So Much to Be Thankful For

Autumn Is:The season for enjoying the fullness of life -- partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving ...

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