Middle School General Science Teacher/Forensic Science Teacher: 2005-Present Provide curriculum instruction based on NJ State content standards Infuse technology throughout curriculum Use lab procedures to address multiple intelligences/learning styles Differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs
Education is a lifelong process. It does not stop at 3:00pm nor does it end on June 23rd. Therefore, an effective teacher should not only teach students what to learn, but how to learn. By breaking the mold of the more traditional methods, technology, lab procedures, web-based research, and hands-on activities are allowing students to learn at a pace that is differentiated in order to meet their individual learning styles. Because the human brain’s primary function is to learn, an effective teacher needs only to point students in the right direction and then keep them within the guidelines. The inquisitive and problem-solving nature of the brain will do the rest. An ineffective teacher simply brings students where they need to go without allowing them to discover for themselves. I believe that the delivery of the content is just as important, if not more important than the content itself. One of my goals as an educator is to become a teacher that effectively supports learning for all students by having a full understanding of the learning process. For instance, educational experiences should be experiential, life-centered, and relevant to the learner. The teacher should also contain ways to tie course material into student’s lives in addition to the content that needs to be delivered. By making the material more relevant to the learners, students’ learning will be driven primarily by internal motivators rather than external motivators. In addition, differentiated instruction would allow for students to learn at the rate they are most comfortable. This will effectively end problems of students feeling “too slow” for a particular class since they control the speed at which they move. This will also allow for exceptional learners to stay stimulated without facing the boredom of waiting for the rest of the students to catch up.
2017 NJ Devils Teacher of the Month Spotlight
BS: Biology MS: Science Ed. & Technology +32: Education
Founding member of Teachers Reaching to Enrich Environmental Studies (T.R.E.E.S.) Astronomy Club President Use portable “Star Lab Planetarium” to illustrate constellations, celestial bodies, and demonstrate the astronomical unit for volunteer students, grades 5-8. Technology Club Member Provide instruction, student modeling, and assessment through the use of technology in the classroom Curriculum Writer Designed, wrote, & implemented Forensic Science curriculum for grade 8 science elective course/Designed crime analysis mysteries to supplement class material
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Classroom Management, General Science, Physical Science, Forensics, Writing, Engineering