Hi! My name is Codi Harrington. I was born and raised in Albuquerque. This town is so wonderful and has some really friendly, interesting people. I currently hold a license to teach kindergarten through 8th grade in Albuquerque, with specialties (a.k.a. endorsements/HQT) in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), general science, and visual arts. I can have basic conversations in Spanish, but am not fluent in that language. I have many strategies that I use in my teaching that reaches all students. I focus on expanding upon their successful skills so that they can be more effective in their own learning.
Some of my own interests and my background:
My thirst for knowledge is something I have had all of my life. I have earned a B.S. degree in biology and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. I always looked for something in my classes while attending college that was fascinating to me, no matter the subject. I believe that all information can be connected to something that is interesting to you as an individual. This makes learning far more engaging, but also memorable.
I absolutely love to travel. I have had the opportunity to visit many cities and countries. Anywhere that I travel, I like to experience the culture and try things that locals do instead of checking out the big tourist spots. That could be walking around the plazas in the evening, enjoying the good weather, music and people. That could be going to the beach or a park and reading a book in the shade. That could be going out and listening (and dancing!) to live bands. When I first started college, I learned how to do various social partner dances like salsa and swing dancing. Overall, I really enjoy taking time to enjoy the moment.
I love stories. Now that I have finished my master’s degree, I am gobbling up books left and right. My favorite books are ones that often have some connection to history. Admittedly, the stories within and behind major events were my favorite part of history class while in school.
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biology
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Masters, Elementary Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students are naturally interested in learning and have the ability to do so. It is my goal to teach children the skills to break down and solve a challenging problem on their own. I know that everyone has that capability and that it is just a matter of finding the right route that works for each individual.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to become an independent learner, a student must be able to look at a problem from different perspectives and break it down into more manageable parts. When a challenge no long has such a large intimidation factor, the student is able to work through the problem until a solution has occurred.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Primarily, I would want to use material that builds upon the interests that a student has on their own and reveal the connections between their interest and the content at hand. It's easier to stay motivated and lose track of time when what you are doing is fun and interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to find out what aspect of the skill or concept is difficult first of all. Once I have an idea of what is making learning challenging, I would find a new way to present the skill or concept that would hopefully be less difficult.