Ben Franklin once said that to understand and learn you have to be involved. I believe that learning happens in a safe environment where students feel that they are a part of the activities and dialogue about concepts. Students and families must take an active role in the learning process.
I have worked as a classroom teacher for three years in high needs areas with a diverse learning population. Prior to working within a mainstream classroom, I helped to open and establish a charter school in Pittsburgh, Pa. My main responsibility while working at the charter school was to help develop and support academic programs for students with profound special needs.
I have participated in a female student mentor program called Girls on the Run. The purpose of this program is to educate female students about self esteem while promoting their physical health and endurance.