As a teacher and tutor I continually ask myself the most fundamental evaluative questions of all–What effect am I having on my students and on their learning? I embrace teaching as an opportunity to inspire. While students must ultimately take responsibility for their own learning, a teacher can often inspire their desire to learn. This is taught when students have responsibilities within a classroom and are taught how to make good choices. It is my goal to enhance student learning. Each child is a unique individual that needs to be nurtured to reach his/her full potential. It is my job as an educator to create a safe environment where each child’s natural curiosity is guided and respected by me and his/her peers.
I had the most amazing opportunity to work as a fifth grade Language Arts teacher in the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District, but unfortunately because of budget cuts I received my pink slip. In the classroom and school I taught in, I was able to learn and grow so much from my students and the staff members. I was able to receive one year of BTSA training which helped me further my skills in the classroom. I currently work in three different districts as a substitute within the South Bay. While my ultimate goal is to eventually have my own classroom again, I am thankful that I get the opportunity to learn from all of the teachers and classrooms that I visit when I substitute. I have been able to gain new strategies that will help me become a better educator. I also received my MA in Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In this program I discovered new ways to view my students and new strategies to help them access knowledge.
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