I graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing, then went on to earn two masters' degrees (English Literature and Language from the University of California at Los Angeles, and Applied Linguistics/ESL from the University of Hawaii). I took a short break from teaching to care for my parents---but even then I found a way to continue learning by going to culinary school (I love to cook! I love to eat!), earning degrees in Culinary Arts and Pastry before I returned to teaching once again.
But formal schooling is only one way to continue learning. Traveling throughout the world has given me another kind of education, broadening my perspective and deepening my understanding of the world. I have taught in Hawaii, where I was born and raised, as well as in Singapore and Jordan, where I taught and learned from students from all over the Middle East and Asia.
Learning goes hand in hand with teaching, and as much as I love learning, teaching has been the joy of my life. As a high school English teacher, what I most enjoy is the process of working one-on-one with my students. In these conferences, I am a learner, too. I learn what makes students tick, what sparks their interest, deepens their curiosity and crystallizes their understanding;
I find that students often know more than they think they do. There is a rhetorical question that reflects this idea: "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" As a teacher, I think my role is to help learners recognize what they already know and to identify what they still need to figure out. So I ask lots of questions. Asking students questions not only helps me understand how students learn, what they already know, and what they need to learn; it also helps them recognize how much they already understand. And this builds their sense of confidence and motivates them to learn even more. Best of all, it fosters their love of learning.
Learning can be many things---hard, frustrating, mysterious---but it is always worthwhile; it is always a joy to watch the light dawn students eyes as they master a concept. There is nothing more satisfying than learning---unless it is teaching!
Stanford University - Bachelors, English/Creative Writing
UCLA - Masters, English
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