¨ Guiding students in learning as much as they can with joy
¨ Building quality relationships with students and colleagues
¨ Creating a safe, positive learning environment
¨ Efficiently managing the classroom
¨ Motivating students to set goals for themselves
¨ Tapping into student creativity
¨ Implementing literature based instruction
¨ Being a worthy addition to a professional learning community
My student teaching experience consists of Kindergarten with Patrice McCrary, 2003 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and 2008 National Teacher of the Year, and 2nd grade with Melinda Riedel. This was under the supervision of Dr. Mary Evans, 2009 Kentucky Administrator of the Year, at Cumberland Trace Elementary. Among this professional learning community, numerous valuable teaching techniques were implemented that are being implemented into my classroom. It was conveyed to me that when a teacher expects success from students, students can and will deliver success.
Since my student teaching experience, Dr. Mary Evans offered me a part-time library aide position where I worked this past spring semester under the direction of Sharon McCubbins, Cumberland Trace Librarian, and continued to substitute teach. Also, I obtained my first certified position in June 2011 teaching summer school at Cumberland Trace Elementary. Here I planned and implemented instruction to at-risk Kindergartners and First grade students throughout a three-week time period. This prepared me tremendously for differentiating instruction between my students. I then obtained my first full-time teaching position at Rich Pond Elementary in August 2011, and I just couldn't be happier! This feels like home!
Throughout my life I have wanted to find a way to service others within my community, and with every day that I teach I feel more and more like this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing!
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