I have been a teacher for only three years. I teach in a high-need, urban setting. Buy-in is everything. I spend a lot of time investing in the creativity of my lessons in order to engage students who are soaked in apathy. While I may have only taught for a short time, I am a level 5 teacher. To my core, I believe the way to grow 21st century students is through creative, well-researched, relevant lessons.
My classroom is student-centered. I am also a social progressivist. The process of learning is just as important as product. Students thrive in an environment rooted in discovery. Education provides the optimal environment for social change and improvement for a better future. An effective teacher is not only eager to teach but is patient and accommodating for all students with all types of learning speeds and styles. Each child deserves an educator whose disposition is rooted in compassion and enthusiasm. My room typically throws off students when they walk in the first time as it is as colorful and engaging as an elementary classroom. I am always preaching to my coworkers that high-schoolers are babies in big bodies. They deserve warmth, color, and creativity just as much as their kindergarten counterparts.
I have been nominated by administration for the National Fishman Prize and Teacher of the Year. My students elected my classroom as "most fun and inviting" two years in a row. I'm not going to lie, I am most proud of this award.
There has only ever been one "home" for me: the classroom. I did not have any stability at home when I was a child. My teachers provided me with love, support, and encouragement. My happy place was the classroom, and I have made it my mission to mine the happy, safe, encouraging place for every child I teach. I graduated from Madison Academic High School, a Blue Ribbon School. I have my BA in English from Union University.
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