Mr. DeGrand

Phone: 248-865-3280

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Degrees and Certifications:

Oakland University- Education Specialist in Leadership (EdS)- Administrator Certification Michigan State University- Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching
Michigan State University- Bachelor of Arts in Education
Michigan State University- Certifications in Elementary Education, Earth Science, and Spanish

Mr. DeGrand

Background

Let me introduce myself...my name is Tom DeGrand.  I am currently in my 16th year of teaching.  In 2003-04, I taught kindergarten at Gretchko Elementary School.  From 2004-2007, I taught 3rd grade here at Scotch Elementary.  In the fall of 2007, I was given the opportunity for which I had been waiting...to teach 5th grade.  I am happy to be teaching 5th grade for now my 12th year.  It's going to be a great one!

A quality education has always been a priority of mine.  In 2002, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University (Go State!) with teaching endorsements in Spanish and Earth Science.  In 2005, I earned my Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching (MACT) degree from MSU.  This was a 3-year program that included a one-year teaching internship, where I was placed in a 5th grade classroom in Williamston School District. The MACT program was very intense and helped to strengthen my skills as a teacher and leader in my school and the school district.

In 2014, I represented West Bloomfield School District in the Oakland Schools Aspiring Principals' Leadership Academy.  This 1-year program is designed to introduce teachers that are aspiring to be teacher-leaders and/or principals what a principalship looks like.  It also entails a mentorship with a principal in Oakland County.  I graduated from this program in December of 2014.

Lastly, in June of 2016, I completed my Education Specialist (EdS) in Leadership degree through Oakland University.  This 2-year post-Masters graduate program focused on leadership in the classroom, school, district, and community.  It is specifically designed for teacher-leaders and aspiring (or current) administrators.  As you can see, I am excited to continue learning and growing as an educator.

 

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to create an organized, structured learning environment where each student is accepted at his/her level, and is given the opportunity to grow and develop academically, emotionally, and socially.  I focus a great deal on developing an enjoyment in learning, as I find this to be an essential part in the learning process.  We all play an important role in the education and development of children, and as a parent, your involvement and support are a valuable part of your child's learning process and success in school.  I firmly believe in keeping you informed and involved in your child's education.