Education is the means by which we come to understand our own potential as human beings, and the way our lives interface with the complexities of the world. As a teacher, my role is to show young people that learning is not something to be absorbed passively: it is a powerful tool they can use to better themselves and all around them.
My training at Fairfield has allowed me to gain expertise in curricular design and best teaching practices, and most importantly, it has taught me that the best way to reach students is to focus on their needs as unique individuals, catering instruction to suit each student’s learning style.
My two senior groups, including many ESL and IEP students, were tasked with absorbing the difficult historical lessons of Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying. I worked with them to deconstruct the novel through role-playing, mock trial activities, and social media activism. My co-teacher, seasoned in special education, commented that during these sessions she saw students speak and write confidently in ways they never had before.
I have participated in many poetry readings on two continents, and love to engage my students in reading and sharing their own creative works. When not writing, I’m passionate about languages: over the past three years I taught myself French and German, and I am currently learning Russian, reading the works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in the original.