This is an excerpt from my autobiography that gives an insight into my personal connections to teaching. The link below will connect to the whole sample where it is possible to read about the more complete trail that has led me to the teaching profession.
My personal desire for classrooms is to promote a thriving community, self-respect and a love of learning. To do this successfully, I must remember the differences that dictated whether I failed or flourished. I will create a safe and comfortable environment in which all children can explore new ideas and work together to solve difficult problems. Each child will feel motivated by challenges instead of discouraged by developing strong character and problems solving skills through my instruction. There are many skills required to achieve my goals and I will continue to pursue and refine them.
Supporting member of ACE- The Alaska Center for the Environment
Member of YAAC- Anchorage artists community group
Member of IGCA- International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage
AIFF Volunteer- Anchorage International Film Festival lead voluneer including site management
My long term goals for life as a teacher have many branches. I strive to gain fluency in Spanish and use the language to instruct content such as in the Spanish Immersion program or to share my knowledge in world language classes. Another direction my goals branch out towards is that of service learning. I am passionate about challenging students with improving their own communities in ways that will truly make a long term positive impact.
As well as the two previously mentioned directions I also desire to work in a school with a system that allows teachers to grow with the students. By this I mean cyclical teaching or combination classrooms where students and teachers work together over a multiple year period. This is of great interest to me because I see the value in working with students in a continual manner building stronger relationships and possibly making a greater impact.