I believe that each child is unique and deserves a stimulating environment that allows them to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help my students meet their fullest potential in all of these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports growth and risk taking, and invites sharing of ideas. There are several elements that I believe are conducive to helping a student meet their full potential; they are: supporting and guiding students, promoting inquiry that allows a student’s natural curiosity to direct their learning, and instilling a strong sense of faith that promotes respect for all things and people.
As an educator it is my responsibility to guide students towards meeting curricular outcomes. I believe all students deserve an equitable environment to learn. I am also a firm believer that all students have the potential to be successful; however, not all students learn in the same way, therefore it is the teacher’s responsibility to meet the needs of each individual student in order for them to succeed. Students need an exemplar in the classroom in order to know what is expected of them and they also need someone to help them meet those expectations.
Because classrooms are filled with such diverse learners, it is important to use a variety of strategies that will help students succeed. Inquiry based teaching is beneficial because it provides students with the opportunity to build knowledge through the use of compelling questions created by the teachers and the students, to motivate and guide students to inquire into topics, problems, and issues related to the curriculum content and outcomes.
I believe that teaching is a vocation, and that being a teacher is not simply a career that I chose, but a part of God’s plan for me. I cannot claim to be an expert in the field of Catholicism, however growing up Catholic and attending Catholic schools and masses has helped instill a strong sense of faith, and a firm knowledge of what it means to be Catholic. I grew up being taught that it is important to use one’s faith in order to promote respect for self, others and the environment. Because of this I believe I can be a strong role model for my students. I believe God has set out a plan for each individual person, and though people may face difficulties in life, it is important to have a strong sense of faith to help one get through those situations. As a teacher and as a Catholic, I believe it is my job to help students learn, just as I did, in order to promote respect for all living things and people.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual personal growth and learning. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to learn the importance of collaborating with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.