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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Aug 9, 2018

"Summering"

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 ...

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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 ...

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Jul 22, 2018

Did You Know?

Did you know the following? If you click on RSS at my Wonder Ground page, you can access all of the blog posts from my blog site, Beyond ...

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Jul 18, 2018

Double Ouch!

"Bee stings can hurt a lot and turn an otherwise nice summer day into a day you won't soon forget for all the wrong reasons!" -Wonderopolis Wonder of ...

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May 21, 2018

Wish Weeds of Springtime

When I was a child, the neighborhood children often engaged in imaginative play. Each spring, we gathered little whites globes found in our lawn to ...

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Apr 15, 2018

Just One of Those Weeks

Have you ever experienced problems with your computer? You probably know the kind I am talking about, the ones that make you so FRUSTRATED? Well this ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Sep 19, 2018

Making Your Mark

Part of the art of summering is listening to the ocean waves and wondering.Why is it important to allow voice to rise?⇩How can we engage ...

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Sep 19, 2018

Making Your Mark

Part of the art of summering is listening to the ocean waves and wondering.Why is it important to allow voice to rise?⇩How can we engage ...

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Sep 17, 2018

Celebrating Communication with a Global Friend

I like to connect via Twitter with my global friends about teaching and learning either through chats or blogging. It is amazing to be ...

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Sep 17, 2018

Celebrating Communication with a Global Friend

I like to connect via Twitter with my global friends about teaching and learning either through chats or blogging. It is amazing to be ...

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Sep 15, 2018

Anticipation

"Poetry reading is up in America while reading books for pleasure is down slightly. So says the National Endowment for the Arts, which has published ...

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Sep 15, 2018

Anticipation

"Poetry reading is up in America while reading books for pleasure is down slightly. So says the National Endowment for the Arts, which has published ...

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Sep 12, 2018

Remembering Fallen Heroes

We still rememberas the bell tollsand names are read.There's still a sadness in hearts on 9/11.So Many Stories, So Many Hearts ...

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Sep 12, 2018

Remembering Fallen Heroes

We still rememberas the bell tollsand names are read.There's still a sadness in hearts on 9/11.So Many Stories, So Many Hearts ...

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Sep 6, 2018

Summer Waves Goodby But Summering Lives On

I've traveled different paths each season, held onto treasured moments, lingeringin their memories, for they have beennourishment for my ...

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