In my professional life in the past 10 years, I have been involved and employed in the fields of special education, disability, ESOL, and higher education. My dedication for my profession has grown over the years and I love teaching and helping students at all levels. I enjoy assisting people in achieving their goals and looking at concepts from various perspectives. I know that when I come to work, I work for them, whether to enlighten, increase knowledge, or to just listen. My academic background includes completing my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education at the University of North Florida and my Master’s Degree in TESOL in 2003 at the University of Miami.
My experience in the classroom has shown me that students are there for the purpose of learning how to express themselves in another language. While elements of language classes such as grammar are essential, it is not at the core of student learning and motivation. My goal as a teacher is to create a productive and safe educational environment for my students. I teach my students not just through lesson plans and curriculum guides, but by setting a good example of learning. I strive to share learning with my students in the classroom. It is important for me to get to know my students, so I can assist them with what they need in a way that keeps them interested and motivated. I am eager to empower students to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Students are the focus of every classroom and I believe it is necessary to facilitate and develop learning through the dedication, compassion, and enthusiasm of the teacher. I embrace the idea of language learning by promoting student development and creating an understanding by using a holistic approach when teaching students. The notion of touching and influencing the lives of students makes the role a teacher so vital because it allows a bridge of intellectual and cultural development to be promoted.
I enjoy traveling and I made a personal challenge to myself to get a passport stamp from each continent before it expires at the end of 2012. At not sure at this point that I’ll meet that challenge, but here is the link to my photos from my most recent solo trip to Guatemala.