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by Stephanie Capalbo

Stephanie Capalbo is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

February 16, 2004

I decided to use a day to organize my entry envelopes, which proved to be a more daunting task than I had imagined. Seeing what I had done, however, did help give me a sense of accomplishment and the organization gave me a clearer picture of what still needs to be done.

I had been forewarned that the forms needed for each entry could become overwhelming as the deadline neared. So, I assigned each entry a different colored file folder. Items needed for each entry were listed on the front of the folder and checked off as they were completed. Packing up the Entry 3, Entry 4, and Forms envelopes based on what had been gathered in each file folder was easy; no need to scurry around copying and filling out forms at the last minute. I then used the empty folders to save my own copies of the forms.

Maybe it's just my own personality, but seeing all the pieces that formed each entry helped me achieve my goal of completing each entry with as little stress as possible.

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Meet Stephanie Capalbo

Stephanie Capalbo received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in elementary education from Rhode Island College in May 1995. She became certified in early childhood education in August 1997. For the past six years, Stephanie has been teaching kindergarten at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. In the fall of 2000, the kindergarten at Bradford became the first and only kindergarten in the district to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2003, Stephanie was named Westerly's Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.

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