Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Pantella and I am a senior at William Monroe High School. My extra-curricular activities include theater, Girl Scouts, and the National Beta Club. In my free time, I enjoy crafting and watching movies. After graduation, I plan on attending a four-year university.
I chose the topic of education because I have always been interested in teaching and I love working with kids. I conducted my internship with Leah Wimmer, a first grade teacher at Nathanael Greene Primary School. During my internship, I observed Mrs. Wimmer's teaching strategies and other various activities.
For my community service, I tutored at the HOPE after school program. HOPE is a program offered to elementary school students who need tutoring in basic subjects like math and reading. While volunteering, I worked with Karen Ulan who is co-leader of the program.
For my thesis, I discussed and answered the question of, "How do extrinsic rewards in the classroom affect student learning and motivation and what is the best way for teachers to implement these rewards?". I identified if rewards are beneficial or detrimental to students. I also researched different strategies for decreasing or increasing the amount of rewards in the classroom. After my research, I shared my findings with Mrs. Wimmer, so she could use rewards in a way that best benefits her students.