I believe the role of an educator, whether as a teacher or administrator, is to facilitate learning and growth by presenting information in a variety of ways that create interest in each individual student and in the class as a whole. Information that is portrayed in ways that are interesting and relevant to students is more meaningful and has a greater likelihood of being absorbed and retained. Through this instruction and example, students can follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations and ideals as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. I believe that progressive education is the ideal facilitator for this process of personal growth, and democratic participation of students in the classroom.
I personally have a passion for learning and part of my role as an educator is to project that to my students, encouraging them to seek the same for themselves. I expect students to be accountable for their own efforts both in and outside of the classroom. Since students come from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures and upbringings, lessons and classroom exercises should be presented in a variety of different ways to meet their different learning styles. In the modern age where technology is constantly changing, educators like myself can use devices such as smartboards, projectors and other items, to better enhance the learning atmosphere inside the classroom. Studying both Spanish when I was an Undergraduate, and now Liberal Arts Studies as a Graduate student, allows me to better present a hands on and visual learning environment inside the classroom so that students can make the most of their academic experience.
As an educator, my goal is to help students develop a strong interest for learning that they can carry with them through the rest of their educational careers. I believe finding the right balance of instruction in the classroom is attainable by a combination of organized planning, hands on activities and strong motivation to be a part of the learning process.
Dickinson College - BA, Spanish
The New School for Social Research - MA, Liberal Studies