My Teaching Philosophy:
As an educator, I believe that teachers play one of the most important roles in shaping the lives of our children. They have the rare opportunity to inspire young students to follow their dreams- whether they are big or small. It is the educators who motivate these students to fulfill their aspiring dreams of one day becoming our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, firefighters and chefs. In order to provide students with the most emergent differentiated learning styles, it is the educator who must yearn to become a lifelong learner themselves. I love to learn and I pass that passion on to my students. As an educator, it is my goal to be able to educate these students with the most up-to-date resources, teaching styles and assessments available.
Great teachers are aware of the resources around them and are focused on bringing them into the classroom year-round. I believe literature is one of the most important tools an educator can bring into the classroom because it helps foster life-long skills such as critical thinking and problem solving among their students. As an avid reader myself, I am intrigued by the power of literature within the classroom and its ability to be used across all subject areas.
Dedicated educators need to be approachable and able to communicate effectively with students, parents, administrators, as well as the community. A teacher in today’s society must be able to manage and process thousands of decisions in a single day with fast accuracy. They must be able to think quickly and with good judgment. Good teachers must commend great knowledge in their field of study, not only being able to answer any question that may arise, but also having the ability to admit to their own mistakes. Furthermore, a truly outstanding teacher believes they have the ability to make a difference in the world, one student at a time.
More About My Commitment To Become A Lifelong Learner
"It is meaningless to set high expectations for student perfomance unless we also set high expectations for the performance of adults. We must know that if we are going to improve learning, we must also improve the environment in which teaching and learning occurs."
- National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
I grew up in a small town about thiry minutes away from Bloomsburg University. My great-great grandmother attended Bloomsburg University, or "Bloomsburg Teaching School", as it was once called. I learned about the university through my father who has been a teacher for over 15 years. Instead of commuting, I decided to live at the university so I could get a chance to experience everything that Bloomsburg had to offer. Being that I look to my family for advice and guidance, I believe that parent-home connection from a teacher is an important quality to possess as a new teacher. Teachers are given the rare opportunity to connect with students families and communities, and in the process, learn more about the students. In turn, I believe that teachers can work to develop an learning enviornment/style to accomodate the needs of many diverse students while establishing a positive connection with family and community.
Throughout my four years at Bloomsburg, I had been fortunate enough to become involved in many organizations and clubs that have helped me grasp a deeper understanding of the teaching profession. The university professors were always so helpful and always willing to put as much time and guidance as needed.
Additionally, I have been very thankful for the opportunites these organizations and clubs have provided me with post- graduation. Because furthering my education is very important to me, I have been thrilled to participate in video conferences and new teacher forums through the Kappa Delta Pi organization.
In May, 2012, I graduated from Bloomsburg University's M. Ed in Reading Specalist program. It is here that I have gotten the unique opportunity to pursue one of my lifelong goals as an educator with a passion for literature- to create and publish my very first children's book!
I take great pride in the many opporunities that educators have post-graduation. Continuing my education is the only way I see fit to meet the continuously changing needs of my diverse students!