Highly motivated and caring Elementary Educator committed to focusing on the well-being of the whole child. Demonstrated ability to connect with students and develop individualized plans for academic success focusing on problem solving, performance assessments, and competency-based measures. A growth mindset focused teacher with the ability to model, guide, and encourage students to see and reach their full potential. Offering exceptional communication and relationship-building skills. Dependable, motivated, in tune with the individual needs of learners, and a cooperative collaborator.
I am currently at the end of my Master of Education Initial Licensure Program at the University of Mary Washington and I have completed my Student Teaching Internship. In May 2020, I will receive my M.Ed. in Elementary Education, as well as my Virginia Teaching License. Virginia is a member of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, and I will be applying for New Hampshire Teacher Certification under Alternative Pathway 2 in May of this year. I have passed all Virginia State licensing requirements, to include the Praxis, VCLA, and RVE. Please see the attached College Verification Letter from the University of Mary Washington.
My philosophy of education is that all learners are unique, and it is in that individuality that a classroom can transform from a place of instruction to a nurturing, flourishing, and empowered community of learners. It is in this community—where I will model and explicitly teach acceptance, encouragement, and a positive growth mindset—that students will grow and evolve cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially to reach their full potential. I believe that students learn best when their needs for safety, belonging, and esteem are met, and I will encourage my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others in order to create an environment where learning thrives. It is in this accepting community environment where I believe that students can develop lifelong skills that will enable them to be contributing and productive members of society.
I believe in the power of words and the power of communication, and I will use those tools to form relationships with learners and their families, as I believe that families are a key component of the learning community. By communicating with and forming relationships with learners and their families, I can better understand my students and provide differentiation in instruction, incorporate different learning styles, and strive to make learning engaging and relevant in order to teach to the whole child and unlock the potential of each student.
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