The author of this page, Sanna Leinonen has spent many years in education, as a high school teacher, a high school assistant principal, an online teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher leader, and educational consultant. She has used her skills in Educational Technology, PBL, collaborative methods and student engagement, to create an engaging learning environment for all students.
She is a co-author of a high school English language textbook series, “Culture Café” and she has taught grades 1-6 and 7-12 in both traditional and blended settings and worked as a department head in a community college. She has given presentations and workshops at many conferences including SUKOL (The Federation of Foreign Language Teachers in Finland), ITK (Interactive technology in education), and EDUFI (Finnish National Agency for Education).
Sanna works with a diverse group of students and colleagues, Finnish and international, which has resulted in her becoming an expert in English Language Learning, Special Education (SEN), Professional Learning Communities and Collaborative Learning to name a few. One of her foundational teaching practices is Student-Centered Learning. One way of accomplishing this is through different methods of Inquiry Learning.
Sanna’s been awarded the Fulbright distinguished teacher award in 2017. She earned her M.A. in English at Tampere University and the teacher of special education certificate at University of Jyväskylä.
Teachercollaboration.fi web site was first created as an Inquiry project for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Education Program. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad. Find out more here: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/
Since then this site has changed and developed. The site contains personal and professional opinions of Sanna Leinonen, FM., M.A. a Finnish educator, lecturer and coach. The opinions and endorsements on this site are her own and are not endorsed by the J. William Fulbright Association.
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