I was a computer science major for 2 and 1/2 years, where I learned basic computer programming and computer logic before I changed my major to early childhood education. EC Education provided me with a plethora of psychology courses before I changed my major again to elementary education with a middle school math add-on. I have taught 7th grade math for one year, 6th grade math for one year, 6th grade science for 2 years, 6th grade social studies for one year, 5th grade for two years, and this is my second year in second grade. I have worked with a variety of teams and have adapted to a variety of styles.
I see all individuals as having incredible potential, especially those with a difficult background. As a teacher, I take a close look at the child as an individual and help them to see their weaknesses and strengths in a healthy light. I emphasize strong character development through my classroom management and strive to help children to understand how their minds work as well as the world around them. Each person is a puzzle and I try to be a guide to help each child unlock their potential.
The greatest honor I receive as a teacher comes every time I am able to prove to a student that they are more capable than they thought, and when I see excitement, not defeat, when they are able to learn from a mistake.
I graduated from high school in Northern Indiana, and college from Ball State University. I come from a family of teachers, and was going to be the only one not teaching when I started college. Ironically, now I am the only one that is still teaching.
I was always the student who had to play catch up. Life was never easy, and success came intermittently with seemingly no rhyme or reason. I always found a way to understand things in my own way and neglected to realize the impact that my artistic and technical skills would later have on my success as a teacher. It is my desire that no child feel lost in understanding how their mind works. That they all can find a reasonable amount of success appropriate to their strengths and weaknesses. I also strive to help them learn from their mistakes and move forward with wisdom. It is my dream to one day revolutionize the field of education so that teachers can feasibly provide a deeply individualized education for each child without having to sacrifice more time with their families. I have a plan, but hope that some day I may also have the funds to make it a reality.