B.B. King once said that, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” I believe one of the most amazing thing about learning and knowledge is that it is never ending. I truly enjoy the field I work in simply because I am constantly learning and growing as a person.
I received my Associate Degree at Glendale Community College in Arizona before receiving my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Utah. I graduated with my Masters of Education from Southern Utah University in 2016. This will be my seventh year here at Midway and my first year in Kindergarten. I couldn't ask for a better school, community, parents or group of colleges to work with!
I married my best friend, Brandon and currently live in Midway with our two beautiful children, Chloe and Knyx. We love the outdoors and trying new things. We currently are into rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, riding dirt bikes, mountain bikes, golfing and playing soccer. Although those things are becoming harder to do with two small children we try to squeeze them in whenever we can. There are not too many things I will say no to if it involves being outside in beautiful weather.
Every child is entitled to a high quality education. Along with that high quality education each child should feel loved, respected and cared for in the classroom. In my classroom each child will have the opportunity to grow socially, physically, and intellectually. My students will know that our classroom is a place where we make each other feel appreciated, respected and is a safe place to take risks.
It is my role as a teacher to guide students through their exploration and learning. I provide access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. I believe that the students’ search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. Providing students with the access to hands-on activities and allowing them the time and space to use materials that reinforce the lessons and ideas being studied.
Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests stimulates the passion to learn. There will be many opportunities in our classroom for student dialogue and conversation. When the voice of each student is heard, an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves, question new ideas or concepts, and challenge their own learning. Class meetings are one way to encourage such dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
For me, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes this year is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I also hope that you and your family will also express the importance of your child’s learning. I believe that how you value education and the importance it has for you and your family is understood by your child through your actions and words.