Juliet Fennimore is a dedicated English teacher at Fusion Academy, Englewood. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison to receive her undergraduate degree in Child and Family Studies with a specialty in Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. After returning to her home town in Teaneck, New Jersey she attended graduate school at Fairleigh Dickinson University attaining her Teaching Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, and Master of Arts in Teaching Degree.
Juliet sparks a drive in her students to want to succeed, no matter what obstacles they face. She encourages her students to take risks, think critically, and question. She pushes each student to reach higher goals and to feel empowered by their strengths and accomplishments. She believes that it is vital to teach to the unique ways in which different individuals process information. Using appropriate diagnostic strategies has enabled her to meet the needs of a diverse population of students and she prides herself on using this data to meticulously plan, guide and scaffold her students to function in a zone of proximal development. This concept was developed by Vygotsky “to argue against the use of standardized tests as a means to gauge students’ intelligence. Vygotsky argued that rather than examining what a student knows to determine intelligence, it is better to examine their ability to solve problems independently and their ability to solve problems with the assistance of an adult.”
Juliet is a lifelong learner with many diverse experiences including tutoring children in NJ and NY; teaching first through third grade; coaching a high school freshman girls tennis team; teaching a mini course for teachers on power point; presenting at the International Reading Association; teaching a beginning literacy course at the graduate level for Fairleigh Dickinson University; and working for iPiggiBank teaching financial literacy to children at various elementary schools in Bergen County, NJ.