I am an elementary (K - 6) teacher licensed in the state of Indiana. Currently, I teach 5th grade, high-ability, and robotics for elementary students. Before becoming an elementary teacher, I explored Japan while teaching English with my family. I love bringing my travels into my classroom, and I want to include them in my TpT resources as well. Prior to moving to Japan, I studied education at Tokyo Gakugei University and Indiana Wesleyan University, and pursued classroom experiences in different parts of the world to gain a multicultural perspective on children, how people communicate, and learner diversities. I have also been an adjunct professor teaching sociology, economics, and introductory finance and management as well as an instructional assistant providing one-to-one support for students with emotional disabilities in grades K - 8.
Plato said, “Education is teaching our children to desire the right things." He and many other respected educators and scholars throughout history believed in nurturing students, and that anyone can learn when given what we now refer to as proper scaffolding and positive support. So, my teaching style centers on students' needs, as well as providing examples of how to be a dedicated learner as well as a kind person. I believe it is crucial to set an example of social intelligence, empathy, and care for students, so I try to demonstrate that in my classrooms and communities. That way students can witness the beneficial effects and think about how they can make them happen in their own lives. I also want to help students learn to believe in themselves and learn to value diversity, cultures, and communication. I want students to cultivate a strong, internal desire - a hunger - to learn everything they can about their world, and evaluate what each interaction or subject has to offer in order to create real-world connections between their experiences and their daily lives. So when I teach, I present myself as a facilitator of experiences, rather than an authoritative figure. I want students to know that exploring a subject or experience deeply is what learning is all about, and that it is okay to make mistakes as long as we learn from them, strive to make good choices, and try to do the right thing. As a teacher, my daily goals are to: * be an example of the excitement, passion, and wonder that anyone can experience when they believe in themselves and their ability to learn, * help every student build that same image into their self-perception, and finally * help each of those students develop the critical thinking and problem solving tools necessary to make the most of their learning experiences.
* Indiana Robotics Educator Grant Awardee 2016 * Saitama Prefecture International Goodwill Ambassador 2012 - 2015 * Elected Association for Japan Exchange Teachers (AJET) National Council Block 3 Representative 2014 - 2015 * Appointed AJET National Council Director of Professional and Education Development 2014 - 2015 * ITT Technical Institute Merit Scholarship 1st Place Awardee * Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) full scholarship awardee * Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) * Indiana Wesleyan University Dean's List * Presented research on comparative international foreign language education to a panel of professors and peers at Tokyo Gakugei University * Ball State University Dean's List
2011 - 2014 Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana Transition to Teaching: K – 6 Elementary Education GPA 4.0/4.0 2009 - 2009 ITT Technical Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology GPA 4.0/4.0 12.0 Completed Credit Hours 2003 - 2008 Ball State University, Muncie, IN B.A. in Japanese/Asian Studies Minor GPA 3.5/4.0 2007 - 2008 Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan Exchange student focusing on Japanese Language and Comparative Education GPA 4.0/4.0
I enjoy playing bass guitar, all things NERF related, and roleplaying games; reading about philosophy and logic; learning about science; practicing martial arts; and writing.