This webpage is intended to provide an electronic extension to the resources in my classroom. See the classroom calendar for upcoming due dates in my class. Corresponding assignment documents can be found in the homework section.
My Education and Professional Background
MEd. Secondary Education - Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Az. BA English - Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
My Educational Philosophy
The teachers I have had who stand out in my memory have some attributes in common: they presented their subjects in a way that caught my interest, clarified difficult topics and led me through complex areas, and put knowledge into context so that its relevance was apparent. These role models have influenced my approach to teaching: I view myself primarily as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert who simply delivers information to students. When planning a curriculum or interacting with students, I am always conscious of their different learning styles and rates, what they have already learned and what they will need to learn in the future. Feedback from students has been vital to the process of growth I have undergone since I began teaching: I learned from them, for example, the pacing of lessons, and effective ways to help them learn in small group discussions.