My teaching experience began with teaching martial arts as a high schooler and quickly branched out to student teaching Social Studies/ History in college. After that I got certified to teach Earth and Space Science and decided to pursue an additional degree in spanish with a minor in oceanography. I performed highly scientific fieldwork in Virginia for that my minor and interned at a migrant education (teaching migrant workers from Central and South America) facility so I could complete my spanish degree. After that I worked at three different outdoor/ environmental education schools around the east coast. And to complete repertoire I worked at a summer treatment camp for children with ADHD, autism, and behavioral disorders so that I can have experience working with special needs students.
My teaching style is hands-on, guided discovery, enthusiastic, simple, fun, and engaging as possible. I will do anything within my power to get my students interested or curious in the content that I'm teaching. The thinking here is that a student will work to satisfy their curiosity and if I can just get them that far then the rest will be up to them. Of course I also believe that its not so much what the content is to a student but how it is presented that makes a difference and I always try to make my approaches simple, straightforward, fun and interesting whenever possible. In the end it is my goal to get my students to learn at least one thing in my class. Maybe they were expected to learn more but if they can remember that they learned just one important, interesting or fun thing then that means they are learning by some margin and I have done my job. All of my lessons have this mentality behind them.
Dean’s List – 10/12 Semesters Highland Ambassador 2008 – 2012 Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) - 2010 Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) – 2011 Edinboro Foreign Languages Scholarship (2010/ 2011) Andrew Rusnak Scholarship in History (2011/2012) Kappa Delta Pi Education Scholarship (2011/ 2012) Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees 75th Anniversary Scholarship (2011/ 2012)
All throughout my educational life I spend time thinking about how I can tweak or change a lesson so that it can be simpler, more fun, or understandable to my students. I read a lot of books on the subject matter that interests me and some material I hope that will interest my students. I have a unique body of knowledge in my noggin that I hope to share with all hungry souls. I hope some of you can find value in my lessons and materials. Feedback is appreciated!
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Math, Measurement, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Psychology, General Science, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving