My motto in life is: "Spend less time complaining, more time creating!"
I'm a natural-born teacher, poet, and baker. I'm an insufferable idealist, a spontaneous dreamer; and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am also an Education junkie. Coffee is my lifeblood. Likes: traveling, farmer's markets, wind chimes, birds, old books, etc... Dislikes: numbers, close-mindedness, cold weather, cow's milk...
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND:
I graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2010. There, I was a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language society and I held a position as French Club Secretary. I volunteered as a math & reading tutor at Casa Guadalupe after-school program, working with underprivileged, inner-city students. I brought my love for creative writing to life as the Editor-in-Chief of Kalliope, M'berg's foreign language literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, their creative arts journal.
I studied abroad in Paris through CIEE’s Critical Studies program in the spring semester of 2009. During this amazing experience, I was fortunate to be able to take a 3rd year comparative literature course at the Sorbonne III.
I completed master's-level course work in psychology, pedagogy, & teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Marywood University from 2011-2012.
I have a lot of experience working with international students. My family has taken in French exchange students regularly for ten years now. My parents recently housed a Korean exchange student for the school year, and I was also an active member of Marywood's International Club during my time there. I have many French, Middle Eastern, South American, and African friends. I know how to interpret for, communicate with, understand, and make myself understood by internationals, even when I don't speak their native tongue.
GENERAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
Creativity is the sky in which my spirit circles, the sun for my planet’s orbit. Former students have told me that I inspire a love for learning. This seems appropriate as I am a huge bibliophile and consider myself a lifetime learner and education junkie!
I have had many classes and experiences in differentiating instruction. The more my students express their creativity, the better. I would just like to provide methods and means to guide them through their individual creative processes. I believe in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and I apply this to all of my work.
As a teacher, I provide a structured environment and thorough lesson planning; I tend to be a bit ambitious, but in my mind it’s better to have too much preparation than not enough. In my work as a child therapist, I have found that the younger the age of the child, the more routines and structure are required. However, I don’t get tripped up by changes in the plan; I am able to readily adapt to any situation.
I find thorough subject knowledge, adaptability, open-mindedness, patience, and “withitness” to be five of the strongest indicators of a good teacher, and these are all areas in which I excel.
I believe that all students are intelligent, just in varied ways. Whether a student exhibits linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural intelligence, or a combination of several of these, ALL students have the ability to learn. As an instructor, we should PRESUME intelligence. It is up to us to create lessons, activities, materials, and to make any necessary adaptations in order to facilitate the learning process.
I would love to get to know you!
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