My most recent professional development experiences have been in the areas of science (National Science Teachers Association National Conference) and Professional Learning Communities (PLC). These experiences have been most rewarding because I have always had a special personal interest in science and inquiry instruction, where I help lead my students into engagement during the introduction of the skills/concepts/knowledge as a part of the instructional program. In addition to my enthusiasm for inquiry, I am also grasping the scope of where the PLC model of planning would benefit all stakeholders. I believe that the PLC will help us optimize all of the strengths of the individuals who pledge to teach children on a daily basis. My school divisions no coined phrase, “Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it takes.” This phrase embodies my own life’s mission to help students on their journey to becoming independent, knowledgeable, critical thinkers who view the world as a never-ending classroom. In addition, a very positive professional role model and motivation for my becoming a teacher is my own mother being a very dedicated high school foreign language teacher. My observation of her dedication and personal sacrifice for her students has motivated me to, accomplish or exceed the impact that she has made, during my teaching career. Professionally, I will always strive to accomplish the goals that I establish for myself, so that, I can help create the best possible learning experiences for our future leaders of America.
POSITIVE, positively, positive. My perspective is what I am and positive high expectations are what I strive for daily. My fundamental philosophy and teaching style is based on the Constructivist approach that involves students' constructing and understanding knowledge within the context of their own life experiences, rather than passive recipients of information from a teacher. The curriculum and assessment model that I have developed while working at the Broadcasters' Child Development Center was derived from a number of different sources, but they still represent a unique design. Some of the curriculum exemplars contributing to my educational philosophy have included the following: (1) The Responsive Classroom;(2) Creative curriculum (3) High Scope; and PBL (Problem Based Learning) approaches to teaching. My desire to teach is driven by a strong need to make a positive impact on the quality of the education my students receive. I believe that the early years are the most influential in children's lives and that educational experiences obtained during this time set the foundation and groundwork for future achievements.
Group Achievement Award- NASA /Norfolk State University Pre-Service Teacher Program Our school is the recipient of the Hampton Clean City Commission Award, 2nd year- Due to Ecology club efforts clean -up events 2009 and 2010 Teacher of The Year- HCS- Elementary level- 2008-2009
BA, In Early Childhood Education and a Master in Real Life experience that has afforded me the opportunity to share with you.
Currently, I teach elementary aged children while I pursuing my advanced degrees in Education, Science, and possibly leadership. I am confident that I can accomplish these goals while raising my three beautiful children. Additionally, I love sharing with other professionals how I am able to bring real-world experiences to the children in my classroom on a daily basis. Keeping all areas connected to the children’s lives and their real world experiences helps them to attain the information/skills that we as teachers and parents strive to do daily.