The goal of any teacher is to be an effective teacher that sparks an enthusiasm for learning and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. I believe an effective teacher ensures a positive, accepting, respectful, and safe learning environment that supports intellectual, personal, emotional, and social development.
This welcoming environment is stimulating, interactive, and collaborative. It accommodates a variety of learning styles while promoting problem-solving and critical skills. As Hodding Carter says, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.”
I graduated high school and went straight to community college. There I attained my Associate’s Degree in Biology and started at UNF. It was there that I discovered I was destined to be a teacher. I changed my major and followed my heart to finish with a Bachelor’s in Exceptional Education.
My teaching experience started in first grade, reading to younger classes and tutoring fellow students. Throughout the years I have tutored students from elementary to college bound. I interned in an InDI K-2 classroom in Clay County and moved to Tallahassee to be an ESE Paraprofessional for a VE 1-3 classroom with behavioral support. I worked with an amazing teacher who trusted me to assist, collaborate, design, and implement lesson and behavior plans.
In high school, I volunteered for my town’s athletic association T-ball team and Special Olympics. I created a club in community college which earned me a spot on Student Government. I also had the opportunity to volunteer for the community children’s play, “Rumpelstiltskin”.
STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS
I passed the General Knowledge Test, Professional Education, Exceptional Education, and Elementary Education Certification Exams.