BA ~ Grand Valley State University (Criminal justice)
B.A. - Western Michigan University (Master's)
(Attended) Michigan State University (Other)
My philosophy is that the probability of success for my students is optimized when they are inspired to do and be their best. I feel as though teaching represents an important and unique partnership, and therefore hold that students are as responsible for their success as I am. I will not coddle them, but I do encourage them to reach out to me so that I can in turn reach them.
As an educator, I liken myself to a ladder, in that I am able to communicate with students on all levels. Higher achieving students oftentimes may feel neglected because they have the capacity to handle the pressures and academic responsibilities without much direction. However, I strive to teach them a different point of view, highlighting and providing examples the differences between the practical situations of the real world and the theory taught in textbooks. The students who may not have yet experienced real achievement also require attention. I provide them with the opportunity to overcome some of the obstacles that have prevented them from succeeding.
Students are the gift of teaching. I think that instructors who feel it is they, not the students, which are the true gift, do a grave disservice to the profession…and to the students. I am only human as are my students. My students see that I, like them, make mistakes but learn from each experience. Mistakes need not hold us back from our goals; they are learning experiences reinforcing the ideal that we can surmount our mistakes and find success. I find that understanding my limitations helps my students overcome theirs.
I am a dynamic communicator with discipline and a strong work ethic in addition to time management and report preparation skills that I believe a successful Criminal Justice Instructor should possess. I acquired time management skills from attending college while employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections as well as teaching at GRCC for the last 25 years.
I offer a variety of skill sets to benefit your organization. I am forthright in my communications and demonstrate a genuine concern for both staff and students, making them feel important, welcome and appreciated. Throughout my career, I have displayed significant leadership and decision-making ability. My personal characteristics and life experience give me credibility; coworkers and students have told me I am a role model for them. My philosophy is that the probability of success for my students is optimized when they are inspired to do and be their best. I feel as though teaching represents an important and unique partnership, and therefore hold that students are as responsible for their success as I am. I will not coddle them, but I do encourage them to reach out to me so
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