|Subject / Grade||Honors English 9|
|"Education is not prepration for life; education is life itself."|
|-- John Dewey|
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I have been teaching since 2000 and teaching at Hamilton since 2006. I love teaching English and I am excited about helping every student be successful in both reading and writing.
My Education and Professional Background
I have a master's degree in education, extensive training in the six traits and curriculum design, and a great amount of excitement about the art of reading and writing. I would love for all of my students to share in my excitement and look forward to a successful year. I grew up in Thousand Oaks, California and became an Arizona transplant when I decided to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. After receiving a BA in Journalism, I worked in dealer relations with the American auto companies. I enjoyed training employees so much, I thought I would try my hand at teaching, so I enrolled in a teacher certificate program at University of Phoenix. In 2002, I received my Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University while teaching.
My Educational Philosophy
Education is a process that must start with high expectations and flexibility in order for students to reach their highest potential. High standards, clear expectations, and positive classroom management play integral parts in the educational journey. My own personal expectations as an educator provide a model for my students. I believe that when we challenge students, they reach heights in their learning they never believed they were capable of reaching. Education needs to be a well-thought out process. This journey is so important in a child's life; planning is essential. Having teacher and student expectations, creating innovative curriculum, and a safe, positive classroom allow for extraordinary opportunities for the future to become a brighter place.
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