I believe that all children can learn, no matter the obstacles or challenges that encompass their lives. As long as we (their teachers) believe in them, find alternative paths to learning if necessary and support their different learning styles and intelligences- students can succeed.
Why I Became A Teacher: When my own children were born, I loved to create learning tasks for them. Eventually, I opened my own pre-school, Adventureland Pre-school, because I wanted my own children to experience a developmentally appropriate pre-school experience. After I started working with small classes of three and four year olds, I knew that I wanted to pursue my degree in early childhood education.
My Education: I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1983. I earned my Masters in Early Childhood Education in 1991, became a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in 2000 and in 2001 became a Great Expectations (GE) instructor.
Professional Accomplishments: In 2008, I was Meeker Public School's "Teacher of the Year". I was blessed to be in the Top 12 for State Teacher of the Year. I was honored to represent Meeker Public Schools as a finalist and will always be grateful for the opportunity and honor.
My Philosophy: As part of my professional portfolio as a State Teacher of the Year Finaliist, I had to submit my teaching philosophy: Love, learn and lead. That may be a simple philosophy, but it’s mine! I believe teachers must first love their students, love learning, and recognize the importance of being a positive leader for their youth. Teachers are (or at least should be) “Students 4 Life” (S4L). I believe that all children can and will learn, however; it is imperative to create a classroom where patience, acceptance and dedication is practiced. Therefore, by creating a classroom community where students construct knowledge and are involved in inquiry-based learning that connects to real life situations – children will build a foundation to become both a “Student for Life” and a “Teacher” by setting good examples, assisting peers in learning tasks and by practicing character traits.
Why I Love My Job: My education and years of experience has broadened my knowledge of various teaching theories, expanded my collaboration skills and validated my own teaching style. By continuing to be a student myself by constantly learning and training, I am able to build the best learning environment for my students year after year. I am proud to be a teacher, yet I am honored to be a “S4L”! I can not imagine a better beginning to my day than seeing the smiles; hearing the laughter and seeing my first graders walk into my classroom. I have the greatest job in the world. I am a teacher.