I consider myself to be a passionate and learned person who cherishes education and knowledge, and who believes that all students, given the opportunity, have the ability and right to succeed. Currently, I’m teaching grades first through third at a Montessori School in Boston. In this diverse, collaborative community, I have developed a teaching style that is committed to children, society, and our future.
Teaching attracts only a select few, calling out to those who feel an innate commitment to children, society, and the future. I take this commitment very seriously, for, as a teacher, I have only to look at my own educational experience to recognize and understand the value of independence, self-confidence, and wellbeing - each imparting a foundation for growth and development. The collaborative classroom must provide a setting that allows students to feel comfortable, valued, and respected. Within its frame, each culturally responsive teacher exemplifies the finest teaching practices, while promoting and celebrating individual uniqueness. The journey must be one that each and every student takes, one steeped in safety, comfort, and inquiry. This is the basis for self-discovery and true learning. I believe that a collaborative environment sets the stage for teachers and students to interact and learn together. The classroom should be a joyful and academically innovative learning environment, where all students are supported and encouraged to work and discover their individual strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge empowers both teachers and students alike, and the more I know about my students, the more I can develop curriculum specific lessons that assist both the individual and the class as a whole. Children will be encouraged to share, connect, and feel safe in the classroom community, all the while developing a joy for learning. Students should embrace their individual uniqueness, and that of others who share their classes, their families, and their world. They should learn that other students and teachers have their own story made up of various experiences, attitudes, and feelings. An atmosphere of harmony and respect for others allows students to discover themselves and others, each contributing a part of the whole. For this to happen, students are encouraged to get to know other student’s unique talents, and celebrate their differences.
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Courses • Child and Adolescent Development • Ethical and Professional Leadership • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Practices • Classroom and Behavior Management • Technology Integration for Educators • Literacy and Literacy Methods • Mathematics and Mathematics Method • Science and Social Studies Methods • Montessori Pedagogy and Philosophy in Elementary Education Computer Skills • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator • Internet research
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