* year one: preschool (suburban Pittsburgh) * year two: 3rd grade (urban Chicago) * year three: 7th grade (urban Chicago) * year four: 7th/8th grade (suburban Evanston) * year five: K-6 tech/7th grade (suburban Evanston) * year six: 7th/8th grade (suburban Evanston) * year seven: 7th/8th grade (urban Chicago) * year eight (currently) : 7th/8th grade (urban Chicago)
I believe in a student centered teaching philosophy where students are given the power to learn via necessary tools (instruction) but choose their own path by problem solving via group work, research and communication. This power to make decisions leads to skill building and most importantly, confidence for each individual learner. I believe the most important feeling a teacher can give a student is confidence. As a middle school teacher on the southside of Chicago, I have yet to find a student who has too much of this and I recognize the strain this deficiency puts on their learning.
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Bachelor's Degree from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana
Being a teacher is the ideal career because I learn something new every day. As I continue to learn, I want to share with my students as well as my fellow teachers what helps me in this perpetual process. All of my materials have been tested in my classroom and resulted in a positive experience for both me and my students.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Instructional Technology, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Presidents' Day