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My name is Joe Cohen. This is currently my 17th year as an educator! I love being a Crocidile! I began my career as a P.E. Teacher and remained in that position for 7 years. After wanting a change, I began teaching in the classroom the following year. I taught Kindergarten for one year and moved to 2nd grade for 6 years. This will be my third year teaching 3rd grade.
I really enjoy opening student's eyes to their full potential and showing them what THEY are capable of doing. I do this by creating a safe and open environment free of judgement allowing students to express themselves. In my classroom, I try to make learning as fun as possible through movement and cooperative learning. I also enforce personal responsibility and taking pride in one's work and behavior.
On the personal side, I am married to my wife Shelly of 11 years and together we have two boys (11 and 9 years old). I am originally from Bronson, FL, which is outside of Gainesville. I went to school at Sante Fe Community College and I finished my degree in Physical Education at Florida State University. I enjoy hanging out with my family, coaching my son's sports teams, FSU athletics, and music production/engineering.