M.Ed., Secondary English Education, Vanderbilt University
I listened to my favorite teacher in high school when he said that he had his dream job teaching science to sophomores. I wanted to be as excited about my job as he was! Secondly, I believe in the power of education to change the world, and I love working with kids. I’m a third-generation teacher, so it was taught to me at a young age that teaching and education are important.
My teaching philosophy revolves around the idea that learning is a collective activity and shouldn’t depend on the direction of one expert. I also believe that humor and fun are key parts of learning, so my style is to support a community of taking risks and making mistakes by not being afraid to look silly now and again!
I love to allow students to make choices about how to demonstrate their learning or show their mastery of a skill. One of my favorite projects asks students to make something creative in response to a book as a report of their reaction to the novel. This might include making a mobile, a book-in-a-bag, a collage, an imaginary interview, or a new book cover, allowing lots of personalization and catering to students’ strengths.