|Subject / Grade:||7th Grade Language Arts|
|"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"|
|-- Wayne Gretzky|
Welcome to Mrs. Holyoak's Class!
My Education and Professional Background
I began my education by earning an Associates Degree in General Studies from Chandler-Gilbert Community College. I continued my education by earning my BA in Elementary Education, grades K-8. I successfully taught elementary school for 8 years gaining most of my experience in Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 5th grade. During this time I pursued a MA in Educational Leadership with a Principal's Certificate from Northern Arizona University. Within this time frame, I also received endorsements for SEI and teaching Middle School Language Arts. I spent the last three years teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts at Gilbert Jr. High for Gilbert Public Schools. I have varying amounts of experience in so many different areas. I look forward to sharing and growing my talents at Casteel High as I enter my 12th year of teaching!
My Educational Philosophy
As an educator, I believe in creating life-long learners that can achieve anything. It is crucial that each child grows academically on a continual basis. Positive attitudes and their willingness to try will help students to achieve this. Teachers are a crucial part of demonstrating the process of growing through always improving their quality of instruction to reflect many different philosophies and practices within education, both new and old. The 21st Century has proven to challenge many individuals in areas of technology, rigor, building relationships, and so much more. I believe in growing life-long learners that can lead in the jobs of tomorrow while understanding the importance of the jobs from today and yesterday.
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