Hello, my name is Sonya and I am from Chicago Illinois. I have two sisters in which I am the middle child. I have been out west for six years off and on. I really enjoy being in such a quiet slower paced environment. Although I do not have any children at this time, I would like to have at least one of my own eventually.
I served as an elementary education teacher for 11 years as an elementary and high school teacher. I have worked with a wide range of learners including infants to college level. I have experience with gifted students as well as learners with special needs. I have worked as a substitute teacher for approximately 2 years and worked as a directors assistant in early childhood centers as well. I received a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I have two masters degrees, one in special education and the other in Special Education Directorship with an endorsement in administration as a school principal from both Governors State University and Lewis University. I am a recent doctoral graduate from Grand Canyon University where I studied organizational leadership with an emphasis in nonprofit/ leadership.
I enjoy fine dining, great movies, racecar/go-cart driving, going to amusement parks, and relaxing with my family. I do not have any hobbies but I do enjoy spending time with the people I love. I can say that I enjoy working and I spend most of my time thinking of innovative business opportunities and coming up with new inventions to improve everyday life.
I aspire to be a great leader in any setting. I would like to be effective and efficient enough to work in a school setting, nonprofit setting, or as a business leader in my own organization. I have made the huge decision to obtain a doctorate degree to further my knowledge and expertise in the area of leadership because I would like to help with the change of our current economic, social, emotional, and environmental issues seen within our school systems, businesses, and daily lives of learners. I believe I can do this by encouraging and inspiring people through great leadership, mentoring, and facilitation of revolutionary ideas and innovations. I also believe that furthering my education will lend great opportunities for my family and me.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Lewis University - Masters, Administrative Principal
Reading, writing, creating worksheets, activities, and handouts for other teachers, watching movies, cooking, and eating
What is your teaching philosophy?
The strategies that I have found to be most successful when first starting to work with students is to understand the student's learning styles. I observe and take anecdotal and mental notes as well on the student. Making the student comfortable by addressing and discussing personal interest and building a personal connection is key. I then begin to ask basic academic questions that will build confidence and motivation, as well as to allow students to have success within the initial stages.