Today and in days past, my grandparents' teaching careers have provided a source of inspiration for me. My grandparents, Charles and Rita Isom, taught in Plant City for many years. I continue to meet people that share the impact my grandparents' teaching had on their lives.
I am surrounded by people that motivate me to continually reflect and improve upon my teaching skills. My sister is an elementary school teacher in Plant City, and my husband has his doctorate in science education from the University of South Florida. He is currently the program manager for the ASAP Helios STEM education grant at USF in Lakeland, and teaches Elementary Science methods courses. He will begin a new position at Florida Atlantic University in August 2014. We are always discussing new pedagogical strategies for science education, and he helps motivate me to grow as a professional. We recently attended the NSTA National Conference in Boston. I attended several conferences and workshops including two of my husbands'. I am hoping to obtain my Master's degree at FAU in math and science education in the not-so-distant future.
Another person that motivates my teaching career is my step-mother, Cecile J. Longfellow. She has dedicated her life to being an exceptional teacher. Her teaching career began in Plant City, and after 34+ years with the school system she recently retired. She was my fourth grade science teacher and was nominated for teacher-of-the-year.