My Education Philosophy
It is my belief that with the right execution and combination of lessons, all teachers can help students at any level further prepare to be productive citizens. (That is, after all, the purpose of the education system: to produce self -sustaining individuals who can contribute to the welfare of their loved ones and our country in their own way.) All teachers should begin their mission with the mentality of a facilitator. I believe, more than any other role assigned throughout my career, the most important will be as a vessel of resources. It is my underlying goal that most clearly defines my education philosophy—to be a resource for students who will, in turn, become resourceful for themselves in any and all situations and environments. All students should be made aware of the tools available in their surroundings and be able to build as well as use a collection of tools. Whether the students find themselves in need of science project ideas, a complete and accurate financial aid form, or additional resources from the community to fundraise for a high school homecoming dance, I would want to help them help themselves with success and redirect them through any failure and guide them through any setbacks. Coupled with consistent reminders to use their print-rich environments, a reference text, or even an educational video, these supports will acculturate students with always being willing to learn their way out of sticky situations. In the age of information, it is important for teachers to remember what Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those that cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Personal Pledge: My pledge is to have courage above anything else— the courage to realize that I don’t know it all, the courage to challenge myself and my students, the courage to protect and nurture them, and most importantly, the courage to teach and inculcate in them the certainty that no standardized test will ever determine their worth, that there are opportunities for all of them, and that being different doesn’t mean they are any less than any one of their peers.