Pretty much my whole life I have worked with kids. This started first working at the JCC preschool, and then at a summer camp (Sabra) where I was first a counselor and then the Pool Director. After college where I got my degree in Secondary English Education, I worked in Taiwan with students ranging from 5th grade to 12th where I taught English and Writing. Now currently, I'm in an Incredible Math Fellows Program at East St. Louis HIgh school which I plan on continuing next year.
My teaching style is geared toward Growth Mindset and Student Centered Learning. I think it's important to remember that all students learn different as well as st different speeds. So, not only is it important to provide material in a variety of different manners, but also to make sure that each student has the material they need in order to learn. That being said, I hold my students to high expectations, while also reminding them that school isn't just about what they learn about in a subject, but how they grow as people and what kind of people they become.
I'm only on my first full year of teaching, and I haven't received any professional awards yet, but I'm not sure any would compare to how I felt when from the note I got when I taught in Taiwan from a 5th grader telling me that she has never had a teacher that has made her feel more special and can't wait to become an English teacher herself, or when I came back from helping teach at the middle school for a week and one of my students ran into my class screaming my name and when I said "Yes, yes I'm here" she said "thank goodness because I was starting to dread coming to school." For me, as cliche as it may sound, it's moments like these that mean the most to me and remind me just how good of a job I'm doing.
I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the summer of 2015 with a degree in Secondary English Education. From there I taught writing and reading in Taichung, Taiwan and got my own learning experience that could last a lifetime. Now, I work as a 9th grade fellow in East St. Louis and every day I get the opportunity to learn more about perspective, behavioral management, a culture that is way different from my own, and that no matter where students live, they have incredible potential as long as they have someone to recognize it.
Hi, my name is Jessie Elkin. I am 25 years old and I work at East St. Louis High School as a 9th grade math fellow in a program called Blueprint, which is part of Americorps. I know most people have never heard about Blueprint and gasp when they hear that I work in East St. Louis because all they know about the area is what they have heard in the news, but please check out my blog and you'll learn more about what the program does and how inspired I am by my students every day!