Husband/Father (2 girls & 1 boy); Soldier; Leader; Certified Army Instructor, Modern Army Combatives Instructor, & Unit Fitness and Resiliency Coordinator; Licensed Substitute Teacher in Missouri; Certified Personal Trainer; National Security Clearance
My main motivation when I teach is to make a positive influence in the lives of others. This includes some personal goals to instill in my students a love for gaining new knowledge and encourage them to strive for lifelong learning. I want to know as much as possible about my students in order to understand their goals and what motivates them to reach those goals. I believe the most effective means of leading anyone to accomplish anything starts with a personal connection that makes the led feel like the leader cares about them and wants to help them achieve greatness. Overall, I want to influence my students to be productive members of society. I believe teachers can encourage positive growth most effectively by: encouraging students to enjoy learning, continually setting and achieving new goals, and consistently practicing resiliency (the ability to bounce back from adversity).
Since the majority of my experience in a classroom has been with the military, the teaching strategy with which I am most familiar can best be described as a blend of Small Group Instruction and Cooperative Learning. The primary way Soldiers train is in small groups separated by specialty or ability. Then, everyone is encouraged to share any experiences that may contribute to the core material. Although this Small Group/Cooperative Learning environment is the principal means by which Soldiers learn, I find that I often incorporate some Cognitive Strategy Instruction (CSI) in my lessons (CSI is an instructional method that focuses on critical thinking skills to enhance the learning process).
My duties in the military have included: primary warrior-task instructor, Company Modern Army Combatives Instructor, and Unit Fitness & Resiliency Coordinator (UFRC). In order to meet the requirements of these duties, the Army sent me to numerous formal training courses. In addition, I pursued civilian formal education – earning a B.A. in Social Science (with Education Concentration) and state licensure as a substitute teacher. I also earned National Certification as a Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) while pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Personal Training. My military experience and formal education have provided me with a unique set of skills and I look forward to sharing that knowledge and experience.
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