Administrator and High School Teacher 1997 - 2018
The purpose of public education is to prepare students to be productive citizens, solve problems, and to participate in society. Education should emphasize social interaction and learning how to cooperate with others to improve society. In order to do this trust between teacher and student is vital, the base on which all other principles rest. To obtain this trust a culture of relaxed alertness must exist in the classroom. In order to establish an emotional climate of relaxed awareness teachers must reduce any threat (perceived or real) and enhance self-efficacy. If a student believes they are safe they can express themselves and believe in their own competence. If this environment is established then other principles associated with relaxed awareness can exist. For example, the ability for group learning can take place once the student feels safe. Students can begin to make sense of their own experiences, make mistakes, and make emotional connections if they feel they are able to express themselves. Emotional influence of any lesson or life experience may echo with the student long after the particular situation occurs. Consequently, a suitable emotional climate is crucial to a positive learning experience.
JHS Student Council Teacher of the Month Nominated Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Vision of Excellence Award Recipient
CAGS School Principal New England College, Henniker, NH June 2013 M.S. Education University of New England, Biddeford, ME June 2008 Bachelor of Science The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK May 1997
After 20 years of teaching, and with a heavy heart, I resigned my teaching position as of June 2018. While there were many factors that lead me to this decision, one of the main ones was due to complications caused by my left below-knee amputation. Hence, the name threefourthsme. I am hoping I am still able to make an impact in the educational field by working with/through dedicated individuals like yourself. You are appreciated!