Teddi K. Valeski

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Teaching Portfolio and Blog – Teddi K. Culiver (Valeski)

Teddi K. Culiver (Valeski)

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
― Plutarch

  • B.S. Social Studies Education/minor: International Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2012 (Indiana, PA)
  • Graduate Credits in Education (9 Credits) – Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi)
  • Certification: Social Studies (7-12), English (7-12) Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Florida


Co-Recipient of the “Student Teacher of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (2013),  David Wolkowsky 2015 Teachers of Merit Award (2015), Key West High School’s Social Studies Teacher of the Year (2016)

Judge for National History Day (2010-2012)

Classroom Management & Awards and Incentives

Link to Article (Indiana Gazette)

Teaching and Educational Leadership Experience: 

  • Social Studies Department Chair (2017-Present) – Monroe County School District, Florida (Key West High School)
  • Advanced Placement United States History (2014-Present) – Monroe County School District, Florida
  • Class Sponsor (Class of 2017) – Monroe County School District, Florida
  • 2013 Teach for America Corps Member * (2013-2014)
  • 11th Grade United States History Teacher  –  Holly Springs School District, Mississippi
  • Substitute Teacher: Blairsville -Saltsburg School District – Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, Pennsylvania (2012-2013)

Student Teaching: (August 2012 – December 2012) Blairsville Middle and High School

Pre-Service Teaching Experiences: (2010-2012)

  • I: Homer-Center High School, 9th-11th grade Civics and US History- Homer City, Pennsylvania
  • II: Apollo-Ridge High School, 9th grade United States History- Spring Church, Pennsylvania
About Me:
I  graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Social Studies Education with a concentration in History and a minor in International Studies. I have nine graduate credits in education and was  accepted to Teach for America to teach United States History, a state-tested subject, in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
I aspire to be a teacher that inspires and gives all students an excellent education. I wish to help students succeed not only academically but also in life.

I have a high respect for all people and believe that every child deserves an excellent education. I believe in dreaming, creating, and exploring the world around us. I believe in life-time learning, in new ideas, and in life-time growth. I am fascinated with different cultures around the world and believe  in a holistic approach to learning and teaching.

– T. Valeski

(updated April 2014)


Ms. Valeski’s professionalism with students, parents, and staff, has made her a favorite within our school community.”  Mr. Lowman, Social Studies Teacher at Blairsville High School

“Teddi has a naturalness that you don’t often see in someone of her age, if she’s this impressive at this point of her education and career, I can only imagine what an inspiring and remarkable teacher she will be someday soon.” – Ms. Bruno, Social Studies Teacher, Homer-Center High School


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