I believe effective instruction starts with students. Students are more likely to succeed if they believe they are valuable as individuals. All students should be valued. All students who are able should have a say in how they are taught. When these practices are established and reinforced, the individual student becomes intrinsically motivated to be productive. Only then will we see our children blossom into lifelong learners and productive citizens.
I believe in the ability for all to learn and learning provides empowerment of the individual. If empowerment is not established and reinforced, even the most resilient student will be likely to fail to meet their potential and therefore fall into cycles of self defeat. It is our job as teachers to create learning environments to foster and provide opportunities for exposure to these truths.
I think keeping an open mind to change and a sense of humor are also very important aspects of education. Character education that emphasizes tolerance and support will surely give our students valuable life skills. The heart is where great teaching comes from. If we teach our students to use their hearts and minds, we will surely see the benefits in generations to come.
Undergraduate Degree: Holy Family University - Bachelor in Arts, English, Secondary Education
Graduate Degree: Arcadia University - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing
State Certified Teacher
creative writing and reading; music, singing and performance; art/art history and museum visits
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History