To obtain a position within a school teaching English, Language Arts, or Social Science, have worked extensively with middle school students and love the atmosphere and the attitudes of these students, I have experience mentoring youth from diverse backgrounds; working on self-esteem issues, assisting with homework, and participating in our Black History Month program, am passionate about teaching and helping our youth become the best they can be in their education as well as helping them grow as individuals. I also have experience working with the Hmong students in our area and understand some of their culture and the backgrounds that they come from.
I am a very creative person and love to express myself in many ways. I am an artist, a poet, a photographer among many other things. I enjoy being outside either walking, running, biking or canoeing. I also love to makeover furniture creating new uses and new looks for items I find. I also love to paint and redecorate my home for the seasons.
My philosophy of education focuses on the belief that every student can learn if given the opportunity. I must discover the hidden potential within all of my students and focus on the positive aspects of each of them.
I will establish a positive learning environment where each student is responsible for his or her own actions. My approach to learning will follow the constructivist model so that learning is student-centered. My students will work cooperatively in groups and individually when needed. I will also incorporate the different multiple intelligences so that my students can be engaged in their learning while maintaining individuality and creativity for all. I will also celebrate diversity within my classroom by allowing my students to learn about other cultures either through our textbooks or through real world experiences.
As for morals and character building, I believe that these should be incorporated within the curriculum as well as in my daily lessons. Building the self-esteem and promoting positive attitudes of my students is also very important to me as a teacher. Students can learn these attributes by learning to respect each other and their community by doing volunteer work to help those in need. This would help my students and empower them to see that they can truly make a difference for others.
When I am working in a school, being a team player will be very important to my success as a teacher. Cooperating with others is an important aspect of being a team player and helps build community within the school. I will be available to discuss issues, assist with after-school programs, and do whatever it takes to be a positive teacher within your school.
These are some aspects of my philosophy of education but most importantly I will treat all of my students with respect and dignity at all times. I will build my students up and help them achieve high levels of success educationally, as well as personally. I will be a positive role model for my students and expect that same respect from them.I know I can facilitate a positive environment where all students will be challenged to make a difference in their own lives or in the life of someone else.
School District of West Salem
Substitute teaching primarily for one teacher, Amanda Beld, who teaches Social Studies in the 6th grade
Sep 2007 - Present
School District of La Crosse
Have taught in all grades and subject areas within elementary and middle schools, especially enjoy middle schools, also have worked in special education classrooms with students of varying abilities
Sep 2007 - Present
School District of Holmen
Substitute teaching in various grades and subjects, also in Special Education
Jul 2007 - Present
Sales Associate, started as cashier and now work as Home Sales Specialist assisting customers with home purchases in our domestics area, also work in soft-lines(apparel) and jewelry department, assist customers, replenish stock on the floor, duties as given by management.
May 2010 - Jul 2010
Language Arts Teacher
Upward Bound UWL
Taught Language Arts to students going into the 11th grade, Major portion of the five weeks focused on teaching all aspects of writing a research essay, also read "The Color of Water" by James McBride and integrated journal writing, vocabulary and sentence structure within the lessons
Oct 2010 - Present
Masters in Special Education
Western Governors University
Online program which is nationally and regionally accredited, anticipated graduation date is October, 2012
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Bachelors of Science in Education
Obtained degree in regular education focusing on elementary and middle school
Sep 2002 - May 2003
Western Technical College
Finished one year of this degree and decided to pursue a bachelors degree at Viterbo University