Being an educator is an opportunity to influence the future. It's an opportunity to help each child find his/her unique strengths, voice, and direction. I also love that as an educator, I'm in a constant state of improvement;; since I believe my job is so important, I can't afford to be complacent. These kids receive the best efforts I can give them every day.
I enjoy exercising, reading, travelling, camping, and spending time with my family.
My current favorite is "The Wealthy Barber." It's an easy-to-read guide to personal finance.
I was a Colorado Ski Ambassador to Japan. A group of Colorado musicians, chefs, media people, and students spent three weeks in Japan as a cultural and ski exchange.
CLPE has a welcoming, caring atmosphere. Our staff cares about ALL students, not just the ones in our classrooms. It's a place where we nurture the WHOLE child, not just a child's academics. We recognize that each child comes to us with unique backgrounds, skills, and interests; we try to develop each child's strengths and bolster his/her weaknesses.
In my IB classroom I encourage kids to work hard, ask questions, and develop the skills and responsibility to be successful in middle school and beyond. To best achieve this, my teaching follows three main beliefs.
One: Learning happens best within a supportive learning climate/community. I foster this through continuously referring to the six "belief statements' that hang on the classroom wall. They are: 1-- "It's okay to make mistakes; that's how we learn." 2-- "We can do more and learn more when we're willing to risk." 3--"We can be a community: sometimes all for one and one for all, and sometimes live and let live." 4-- "Everyone needs time to think and learn." 5--"It's intelligent to ask for help. No one needs to do it alone."6--"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Two: To create meaning, students must see the importance of, connect to, and take responsibility for their learning. The IB philosophy and approach to education supports this belief. I encourage my students to make connections between the concepts we teach in school to the world at large. For example, when our Central Idea is "Conflict may initiate Change," I want kids to see how this central idea relates to both the American Revolution and its results (what we study for state standards) and the Civil Rights Movemment, The Arab Spring, and/or current events where conflict could potentially lead to change.
Three: Learning and assessment must be primarily aimed at state standards AND each student's needs. Each child comes to me with different strengths, interests, and weaknesses. It's my job to support their strengths, learn their interests, and build up their weaknesses.