Ms. Golder helps students to reach their potential


Ms. Golder


Nicole Hudack, The Delphi Staff, Class of '22

When walking through C Hall, you might see a new face. Delaware Valley has recently welcomed a new Special Education teacher, Ms. Golder.

Ms. Golder is from Somerset County, New Jersey and was interested in Delaware Valley because of the “wide range of opportunities, extra curricular activities, and the education Del Val offers.” She has been teaching for about five years and uses various teaching methods to engage her students.

When Ms. Golder is not teaching, you can find her debating important global issues or battling fires as a volunteer firefighter in Somerset County. Out of the numerous clubs in Del Val, Ms. Golder is planning to sponsor Model UN. In the classroom, Ms. Golder works with her students using interactive lessons. She likes to use hands-on activities with her students to further explain her lessons and interest her students.

Every teacher has her own subject that she is passionate about. For Ms. Golder, she believes the most important lesson to teach her students is how they can become successful. Ms. Golder stated that she emphasizes the importance of “ways to be successful, self-advocacy and knowing what works for them to
be successful.” Ms. Golder does not only teach her students how to succeed, but also the core subjects. In Special Education classes, not every students learns the same way as his or her peers. In order to help her students understand the lesson and succeed in her class, sometimes accommodations need to be made. For example, some students need class notes to be written for them, or they need help focusing on the lesson. Other modifications that are occasionally needed include help from distractions like noises or extended time to take tests or quizzes.

Not every student is going to understand a subject or topic immediately after it has been taught. Being interactive and working with the information can help students remember and retain what they learned. To do this, Ms. Golder uses many interactive activities in her classroom. For instance, Ms. Golder has students go up to the board and work together to solve problems. If Ms. Golder finds that a student or multiple students are struggling to grasp a concept, she is there to help them through the problem. “I have them try it for themselves first, and if they’re getting challenged, I work with them step-by-step so that they can do it on their own and eventually it’ll be less and less help from me that they need” Ms. Golder said. Her goal is not to do the task for her students, but for them to learn how to do it independently, even if that means that they need some extra help. Ms. Golder wants to be remembered as a compassionate teacher not only for her teaching skills, but also for her personality.