As a dedicated instructor, I am looking for the opportunity to teach in all areas of my experience and expertise. I believe an environment that is safe, organized and comfortable for students and tutors provides an atmosphere where students can be more receptive to learning and engaged in their instruction. By modeling respect, responsibility and pride in accomplishments I inspire and motivate students to become life-long learners. I believe that everyone has a right to happiness and to create their own legacy. I strive to teach my students self-awareness and personal responsibility so they can achieve these goals. I asses my students in a variety of ways to discover diverse abilities and needs. All students have great potential and ability, and I find it important to nurture students and meet their individual needs no matter how diverse.
While working in an after school program I fell in love with teaching, and I decided to change my field of study from Music Performance to Elementary Education. I have taken the Praxis II in which I received the ETS Recognition of Excellence, and I have passed the VCLA and the VRA. I recently finished the Masters of Education Degree program at the University of Mary Washington in 2012. I am confident in my teaching ability, and I am eager to meet the needs of a diverse population and help students achieve their personal and education goals. I have exceptional ability in classroom and behavior management, and have recently taken William Glasser’s Reality Therapy/Choice Theory training to supplement my experience as well as to enhance the research I conducted on bully prevention for my MEd program. My years of experience working in an after school program have allowed me to interact with students, families, teachers, administrators and other members of the community within and outside of the school. The demands of finding ways to hold our program accountable for meeting the community’s needs for technology instruction have given me the opportunity to create authentic assessments, seek out and take advantage of resources, and learn in a hands-on environment.
The majority of experience I have is with elementary school students. I also have experience teaching teenagers, parents, adults and children with special needs, families from diverse cultures and senior citizens, which has given me an edge in communicating with and relating to families as well as children of all ages. As an after school program director teaching technology to the community, I supplement my students’ classroom curriculum with technology whenever possible. I enjoy connecting with students and parents with different experiences, challenges and views.
My love of music never faded from my years in Undergraduate work at George Mason University, where I graduated with a BM in Music Performance in 2007. My main instrument is the Double Bass. I also play and can teach electric bass. I gave private lessons to young children on the Double Bass and basic piano, and have been a judge at elementary and middle school level competitions for the double bass.
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