Joined May 24 2011
I have only been teaching for a short time in comparison to many of the individuals I look to for guidance and mentoring. I found a home at the very first school I had the pleasure to teach at, that was Mainland High School. There I had such wonderful support and camaraderie, I never wanted to leave. I learned how to be a better teacher, a better colleague, and a better learner.
However, having bought a home on the west side of the county with my amazing husband, I found it prudent to seek work closer to where my children spend their days. I am blessed to have two amazing young boys and another one on the way. My family is my life...we stay extra busy with soccer, cub scouts, traveling, and learning - always learning! My husband recently finished his Aerospace Engineering degree at UCF with a minor in math and business. My third grader received excellence in several subject areas at school and spends much of his free time reading to his baby brother!
I recently graduated with my Master's degree from UCF in Education, with a focus on Language Arts and Curriculum Instruction. I feel it necessary to know about how students learn in order to best teach them. I truly believe that a connection with the students almost supersedes a teacher's knowledge of a subject, which is also of paramount importance. But what purpose does a teacher serve if they lecture a subject matter without ever engaging the recipient? Therefore, I have dedicated my life to learning this process and making a difference.
The kids in our classrooms need to know we are invested, and not willing to give up on them even when they may have given up themselves. Pushing students to that next limit and not letting go no matter what sends a message that they are cared about, and that their success is important to us. I do not think teaching happens inside a box and I do not believe it is a standard process. People are different. Learning is different. Why should I constantly teach the same, each day, to each class, to each student? If I am stuck, they, too, are stuck. This is a fluid process and I must move with them.
I need to be willing to take risks and plan alternatively to reach each child that enters my room. I share the responsibility of their future with them, which is why I spend time teaching what is not in the textbooks - responsibility, accountability, commitment, and respect. If I can make a difference in one child's life, then I have lived my dream.
This is what I do... this is who I am...