Our classroom will be a place where curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration make learning engaging and meaningful. Our classroom encourages learners to celebrate their strengths and use those gifts to make a positive impact in our school, community, and in the world.
My Mission Statement:
My purpose is to prepare, engage, challenge, and inspire my students to strive for excellence by providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the social, emotional, and cognitive development of every student.
I believe that all students have a right to an education by a highly qualified teacher regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or zip code.
I believe it takes a village to raise and teach young children. I will guide, instruct, coach, and mentor any and all students that come my way. I will encourage active participation of parents as their child’s advocate and first teacher.
I believe that building positive relationships is essential to having a successful classroom environment where learning and risk-taking can occur.
I believe that learning is social and active. Students should be able to collaborate with their peers often. Students should be doing most of the talking and thinking in my classroom. My classroom should be noisy and look busy.
I believe teachers should provide timely feedback to promote student progress and growth in all students and in all areas. Whether verbal or written, commentary should be ongoing throughout every day and in every subject area. Students should know where they stand and how to improve.
I believe every child is passionate, creative, smart, and motivated. It is my job to work with that child to discover these strengths and talents and celebrate them.
I believe the real measure of success comes from within, not through a single test score. Assessment data provides teachers with valuable information that informs the instructional decisions in the classroom and in the school. It is only a number and should not be the only measure we use to discuss students.
I believe teachers should be every child’s advocate (Special needs, gifted, minority, immigrants, etc.) All children come with unique gifts and sometimes even challenges, however it is the responsibility of the teacher to speak up for student rights through participation in professional organizations, policy decisions, PTSA representation, and other advocacy groups. Teachers should be well-read and informed on educational issues.
I believe teaching should be culturally relevant to meet the needs of my learners and school population.
I believe learning is fluid. Students need multiple exposures and opportunities to show what they know and internalize knowledge. No two learners will understand the same thing, on the same day, or in the same way. Teachers should account for this by spiraling curriculum and providing engaging practice opportunities.