My name is Elaine Hasford and I am a K-6 certified teacher, Gifted/Talented educator, and illustrator. I spent four incredible years in 3rd-5th grade classrooms across the country, and although I love being in a classroom, I realized just how much I missed the dynamic of one-to-one instruction. When I relocated to Orlando in June 2016 and began my masters at UCF, I knew I wanted to create a space of learning support for all families, no matter their schooling preference, and so Extreme Explorers was born!
My top priorities as an educator are twofold. The first is to provide enthusiasm and passion for teaching through continued learning and personal reflection. It is a life-long goal of mine to master differentiated instruction for every level of learning. My second priority is to instill enthusiasm and passion for learning in my students even long after they have left my care. It is important for me to conduct myself in the same respectful manner that I expect from my students and show enthusiasm for every topic I teach.
Students need a balanced foundation in skills and information that not only allows them to succeed in the educational system, but also enables them to explore their own individual passions and talents in the greater world. Teachers do not always have the luxury of seeing their efforts realized in the long term but we must work every day to improve the future of every child.
My goal for Extreme Explorers has been the same since day one: To support students and their families pursue life-long learning through engaging and enthusiastic education!
When I am not with students I enjoy spending time painting,being with my husband, son & daughter soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine! I can't wait to get to know you and your students and I am excited to get started on our expedition to excellence together!
Richie Johnson's teaching philosophy is to foster a subject-centered learning environment. He encourages students to reflect on how subject matter can be applied and utilized in other aspects of their life. He believes his students are unique individuals with important ideas to share with the world. He finds great joy in giving students the tools to grow in their personal and creative processes. Richie is a graduate of BYU-Idaho and has recently relocated to Orlando to pursue a career in dance and academic instruction.