Carol Varsalona

Joined Mar 1, 2016

  • Location: Rockville Centre, New York
  • Organization: Independent ELA Consultant
  • Grade: K , 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th , 5th , 6th , 7th , 8th , 9th , 10th , 11th , 12th
  • Environment: Currently, I live on Long Island near the ocean and have been blessed to teach in diverse school districts in Albany, Syracuse, and on Long Island. For ten years prior to my retirement, I had the privilege of being a districtwide literacy administrator in West Babylon Schools, Long Island. Now in the "unretirement" stage of my professional life, I continue my love of teaching as an ELA consultant to school districts and educators. Nature and community have played important roles in my career and I have returned to my roots of writing. The lure of the ocean sweeping the landscape is reflected in the poetry I write and the inspirational messages I compose digitally.
  • Biography: 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
  • Website/Blog: http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com https://www.facebook.com/carol.varsalona read more...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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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