|Subject / Grade||5th Grade|
|"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."|
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This is a fantastic year to be at KGA, I’m ecstatic to begin this year’s journey with these amazing fourth graders, and couldn’t be happier to be part of a well-rounded team. I look forward to fostering a learning environment that encourages student independence, growth and achievement. While teaching is one of my true passions, I also enjoy spending time with my family, playing soccer, and hiking. My family is keeping me on my toes as my wife and I have two daughters, Maya and Maddison.
My Education and Professional Background
I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and my Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. I am currently certified in Elementary Education and endorsed in Gifted Education. Following the completion of my masters’ degree, I began my career in education teaching gifted students in Queen Creek. This will be my fourth year at Knox Gifted Academy.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. There are several values that I try to teach students, both by my words and my actions: the importance of organization, preparation, respect for other people and their views, the value of clear and effective communication, and the centrality of equality. I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will teach to the needs of each child so all learners can feel capable and successful. I will present curriculum that involves the interests of the children and makes learning relevant to life. Children have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. I will never forget how to smile with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the children
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