My Philosophy of education
Education can be boiled down to two factors: helping and protecting. We have to remember our students are children. As much as we want to focus on achievement and test scores, a crying student outside your classroom will change your objectives for the day. What we teach in school should help student prepare for this journey of life. Students should be able to look in their rear view mirror at what they learned in school to help determine what lies ahead. We are not just teaching, we are facilitating learning. Our job is to help students decide which road is best to travel to get to their destination. Teachers are meant to guide them along the way. Students will hit a few bumps and maybe even have some flat tires, but we will be there to help them get back on that road.
We also need to protect children, not just from the obvious physical harms of the world, but protect them from trying. If they try and fail they should be able to try again. We help students become brave enough to give it another go. Some children who come to school my not have the protection at home that they do in the classroom. School should be the happiest part of their day, everyday. We need to help them with whatever issues arise. Students need to be protected and feel safe to make decisions in our classrooms that the world won't hurt them for making. When they run out of school at the end of the day, it’s not because they don’t like it, but it’s because they can’t wait to tell their parents what they learned today.
I am a social studies teacher and technology education coach at ISHCMC-American Academy. I am a Syracuse University adjunct professor for entrepreneurship and psychology. I run the student video production team and a school garden club. I teach Global Issues for 11th, Middle school film production, 12th grade psychology and entrepreneurship. My technology roll is to integrate useful computer technology skills throughout the school and make learning more effective. I am also the organizer of the first TEDxISHCMCAmericanAcademy .
Though a lot of my focus is on technology, I will be the first to tell you that it should not replace pen and paper. Technology is meant to enhance learning, but should not be the only instrument guiding our classrooms. I embrace the opportunity to use our hands and create tangible work. Projects in my class include, but are not limited to, building and gardening, holding campaigns, developing our own businesses and launching our own psychological research studies,
Growing up in a large family allowed me to experience the value of group interaction. I teach my students that they can all learn from each other, much like my siblings and I did. I firmly believe the world is our classroom. When grocery shopping, using the metro, learning a new language, opening a bank account or going to college, our students will never stop learning how the world works.
Teaching isn't just my career, its my lifestyle. I spend about 90% of my week at school building relationships with students that will last a lifetime. Being an athletic leader in my early years gave me the valuable knowledge of how engage our youth. It was what landed me a position as the Teachers Assistant in the special education department. I was the go-to teacher for nearly all the events and after school athletics. I took charge of a community sponsored event called “Friday Night Up all Night” for younger children. Being able to see some of the students that struggled in a classroom, but excelled in an atmosphere where having fun was the only learning standard, shaped how I involve myself in schools today. I strongly believe a school is a place students should be excited to come.
Why I Teach
It was 12 years ago when my Social Studies teacher asked my class to write a letter to ourselves in the
future. We wrote down our thoughts about life, our career aspirations, sealed it in an envelope and
addressed it. My teacher at the time, Mr. Fox, mailed it to all of his students ten years later. Little did I know,
but I wanted to be just like him. I wrote to myself, "I want to be a Social
Studies teacher and make school fun all day.” Mr. Fox and I had a great relationship. He wrote down his
phone number on my envelope and I immediately called him when it arrived.
Mr. Fox did for his students what no other teacher was able to do for us. He connected with us.
He inspired us through fun activities and his enthusiasm about history. He encouraged us to express our
opinions and respect the opinions of others. I use his philosophy in my classes and intertwine them with
what I’ve learned in my 5 years teaching. I strongly care about student’s individual needs and career
aspirations. I understand the importance of education and I truly want to make a difference in their
lives. My enthusiasm about history is contagious. My passion for learning is undeniable and My ability to
integrate technology is impressive.
I believe every student is highly capable when given the right instruction. A great way to connect
with students is by actively engaging their critical thinking skills. With a variety of multidisciplinary
lessons that focus on cooperative based content, discussion of ideas and constructing knowledge,
students can go beyond their full potential. I am also a proponent of using “digital history” in the
classroom. I have students explore the past through a variety of electronically reproduced images,
artifacts, narratives and other primary sources. Recently, I incorporated a program called Fantasy Geo-
Politics into our Social Studies department. It is like fantasy football, only students trade countries
instead of teams. We create documentaries, news broadcasts and conduct live interviews, all through
the devices in their pockets. We really have fun learning!
There are many other facets to my professionalism that a resume cannot sum up. In addition to
being a teacher, I am also a trained coach. I believe fitness is an essential part of our lives. At my current
school I organize a fitness club once a week for students and teachers. We do group exercise in a cross-
fit setting of 15 people. The staff and students look forward to it each week and enjoy the camaraderie. I
also served as an after school athletic coordinator and have experience coaching and playing basketball,
volleyball, rugby, lacrosse, soccer and swimming. I value teamwork, sportsmanship and friendly
competition. I also have a vast knowledge of universities in the United States and abroad.
I am a licensed and experienced Social Studies and Special Education teacher from New York. I
have professional experience with the WASC accreditation and the Common Core initiative being used in
the United States. I've taken professional development classes for SMARTboard Technology and the IB
diploma. Full details of my work experience can be found on Search Associates or emailed. Please take
the time to review my credentials for the Social Studies position. I look forward to developing a working
relationship with you.