I approach everything from a creative point of view. I believe that everyone learns just a tiny bit differently - some are visual learners, some are auditory, associative, and there are many more learning types. In every instance, I think finding the place of understanding jump-starts the learning process. I love the "aha" moment when someone "gets" a concept, idea, or equation. I firmly believe everyone is capable of grasping every concept. It is simply a matter of finding the place of understanding for that individual.
I believe that first and foremost I am creative. I am an outside the box thinker. I believe that everything can be fun or at least enjoyable. I like to create a positive, affirming, and engaging atmosphere while teaching. I also believe I can learn at least as much from my students as I may impart to them. I often say, "If you aren't having fun...you aren't doing it right."
I firmly believe character and integrity are the bedrock of a strong work ethic. I believe that a strong work ethic must also include a genuine heart for the mission and for those involved. Building upon this foundation, I believe my greatest assets are thinking outside the box, my enthusiasm in the notion that every problem has a solution, and a genuine ability to inspire and motivate others.
Growing up in a military household, I have lived all over the world. I have enjoyed traveling as well as meeting and interacting with people from diverse cultures and beliefs.
I count myself very fortunate to have lived the well-traveled lifestyle of a military family. I believe that I am a better person for having experienced “life around the world” as my hometown as well as the people from every walk of life as my neighbors.
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