I believe that the most effective learning occurs at the intersection of challenge, ability, and curiosity;
Name: Jennie T
Educational Areas of Focus: English Language Arts and Humanities
Educational Background: As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, I double-majored in English and Psychology. After earning my BA, I decided I wanted to be an educator. I earned my M.S.Ed. at Northwestern University with a concentration in Secondary English Education.
How many of us couldn’t get through the day without the help of our friend, the Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte? Few. Jarringly, that “necessity,” when purchased on a daily basis, comes out to a whopping 18+% of the income of someone living in poverty in the U.S. today.
As an undergraduate at Tulane University, I double-majored in International Development and Spanish. I also minored in Psychology. After earning my BA, I continued my studies at Arizona State University. There, I earned a M.Ed. in Special Education & dual teaching certification in Elementary & Cross-Categorical Special Ed.
Name: Patrick Francia
Educational Areas of Focus: Math/Physics
Educational Background: BA - Math, minors in Physics and Secondary Ed.MS - Industrial Math/Physics
What is your teaching philosophy? Everyone is capable of learning if they find the motivation to do so. In math, a lot of students have a hard time finding that motivation, because they don't see how it will apply to their future. I strive to find ways to relate the material to their lives, or to something that they find interesting, even if they may not exactly use what they are learning directly in the field they are going into.
As a special educator, the term disabled makes me cringe. When you look up the word disability, you’ll find synonyms such as affliction and defect. Granted, certain things don’t come as easily to my students as they do to other children, but they’re not suffering, and they certainly aren’t defective! To the contrary, while my students access aspects of life in ways different than most others, they also have remarkable abilities that few possess.
Name: Katie H
Educational Areas of Focus: elementary-aged students, all subject areas
Educational Background: BS Early Childhood Education, MA Curriculum and Instruction
What is your teaching philosophy? My teaching philosophy is that learning should be highly individualized instruction and cater to the whole child.
A new school year is upon us, and now’s the time to set the tone for a successful year. As with anything, you need to be both mentally and physically prepared in order to make gains. Mentally, you’ll be at a great advantage if you’re cognizant of your learning style. You’ll also benefit from practicing a growth mindset. Beyond that, developing an organizational system that works for you will be key.