I am committed to teaching and leading our children to be the best possible people and citizens they can be. Children today will be the responsible citizens and leaders of our future and it is our responsibility, as the current leaders and parents, to ensure that our children are prepared for the world we’ve created.
I have worked with children since 1997. From high school to today, I have had experience working with children of all ages: infants to 17. My greatest strengths are with school aged children. I have a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English (Professional Writing) and Political Science. I received a certificate in the Effective Teacher Training, required to substitute in North Carolina schools.
I have tutored in elementary school and high school. I have taught courses in evidence based programs like Strengthening Families 6-11 and Strengthening Families 10-14 (these programs were developed independently and separately). I currently lead a childcare program for a support group of grandparents through a local non-profit agency. I lead volunteers, interns, and staff to ensure that over 60 children are safe, excited, and engaged. We build social skills and tutor children in a variety of subjects.
My strongest subjects lean toward my degrees. I enjoy teaching reading, comprehension, grammar, and writing. I like engaging my students’ imaginations and their own sense of professionalism, which we are engendering. Reading is not just sitting down and opening a book, slogging through difficult syllables and concepts—reading is an adventure in thought and exploration. The real trick to reading is being able to trigger the creativity of the mind. After all, reading is a means to knowledge and critical thinking: the most important skill any person can learn. I don’t expect every child will want to read Don Quixote, I sure didn’t in tenth grade, but each child has interests and thoughts and tapping those will help them to tackle the books they must read for their classes and will hopefully visit or revisit in the future.
Similarly, I love to teach history and political science. I enjoy reviewing the information, but also recreating or re-imagining those periods and circumstances required to bring them together. Not all of history is pleasant, but it is absolutely necessary to revisit in order to prevent similar mistakes in our future. It is also critical to understand that history is living—it lives in holocaust survivors, first, second and third generation immigrants, Native Americans, and grandmothers a generation from slavery who experienced segregation, the civil rights movement and the first black president. History lives in the survivors of 9/11 and Iraq and in the political standpoints of our allied and non-allied member states in the UN and NATO. I love to teach that we are not only citizens of one town or state or the US but also globally. Our actions here affect not just ourselves but also people all over the world.
I look forward to working with your child and helping him or her to achieve his or her very best--critically and creatively.
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