About Me...at SAS
Current Teaching Positions (2019-2020)
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WHY I teach...
I believe learning should be relevant, real, meaningful --and when possible, fun. When these intersect -- wow, this is when students get into 'flow' and learning becomes a joy for all of us.
My goal is for students to become competent global citizens, learn to think critically, show respect, care about others, become involved members of their community and become life-long learners.
I decided to become a high school teacher specifically because I wanted to offer my students a profoundly better experience and greater opportunities to support their own learning journey than what I had in high school. I want students to feel they are seen and heard, feel valued, feel empowered, and know that they are supported. I believe students should have the opportunity to take charge of their learning and carve out their own pathway. I believe their opportunities for high school experiences in and out of the classroom should reflect and support who they are --and who they want to become. My job is to ensure this happens for them and that the opportunities are abound for them to show us who they are and what they are capable of doing.
WHAT I Teach...
As an educator, I'm a firm believer in educating the whole child by providing a wide variety of learning opportunities including: authentic investigations into our world, experiential learning experiences and field work, interdisciplinary learning experiences to help make natural connections between disciplines, and problem-based learning to help them become effective 21st Century problem-solvers. I focus on teaching concepts over content.
HOW I Teach...
I work closely with the wonderful team of teachers here at SAS to develop rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to motivate students to get involved, and empower students to make positive changes within their own community. I get students involved into authentic investigations about the world around us, our past, and all the possibilities the future holds. I help students investigate and view the world from various scales and perspectives. I help students learn to find and and explain patterns in phenomena, and I teach students to think critically and communicate their ideas. I embed opportunities for student voice and action within the curriculum and offer opportunities for real-world experiences to connect their learning to their lives--and to the lives of others in a meaningful way.
Both in and outside of the classroom, I work to engage students in learning more about global issues and work with them to help them understand how this connects to their own community. Students study history and geography to help them understand how past societies and events shaped the world they live in today--and why it matters. We look at all topics and issues from multiple perspectives, competing theories, and we respect different viewpoints and voices of stakeholders on issues and strive for understanding and explanation of and discrepancies or differences in perspectives and world views we encounter in our investigations.
Learning requires a great deal more than exposure to content and absorbing of knowledge--to really understand, it requires doing, experiencing, communicating, and/or sharing our knowledge, talents and skills with --and for the benefit of others. Learning requires practicing, processing, self-assessing, and reflecting, and growing individually and collectively with peers.
Through classroom activities and extracurricular activities, I mentor students and expose them to career opportunities within fields of geography, international issues, and political science. I strive to provide students with opportunity for service-learning so they can experience becoming change-makers first hand.
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