I am certified as a teacher in 3 states, NY, NJ and IN and certified as a Technical Trainer (CTT+) which is based on 14 teaching competencies as founded by the Educational Testing Service based in Princeton, NJ. I am known for my passion to motivate my student(s), deliver beyond expectations and ensure my student(s) reaches that "ah-ha" moment!
My teaching philosophy is based on the formula that every child has the potential to learn and is motivated to do so when their teacher understands how they learn. I always step up to the plate to provide my student(s) with those educational challenges that will motivate my student(s) to go above and beyond their own capabilities.
I discovered early on that being a great teacher – while there are many skills, qualities, traits, emotions and knowledge that make a great teacher, the most important of all is the teacher’s ability to understand the needs of their students, learning styles, and how to weave that into the curriculum at hand at their level.
The measures of my success are reflected in the stories I hear now that I’m gone. For example, a student recognizing me in a crowd and telling me how lucky they were to have me as a teacher because I influenced them to care enough about themselves to want more out of life! Or, when I ran into a parent of one my students and they ask me to please come back and teach their grandchildren because I gave their children such a wonderful and successful experiences. Or, hearing tidbits of information from my friends who know students I used to teach and share their accolades for having had a teacher like myself. It all is so rewarding and makes me reflect on the reason for my success – my strategy is and will always be to put the student first by understanding what drives them to learn and then leveraging their learning style to teach the new concepts!
While this philosophy of mine creates a lot of work for me, it’s the only way I know how to teach; and, the best part of it all is that it works! So the ‘work factor’ is minimal because it’s outweighed by the ‘reward factor’. So rewarding...I’m still find myself in various teaching roles today.
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