“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”
-Anatole France

I believe that teachers must strive to instill a love for learning in each and every one of their students. I also believe that teaching is an organic process that involves a variety of people from a myriad of backgrounds under a number of different circumstances. A teacher’s job is to address all situations with compassion and patience – to reach out to each individual student and help him or her to identify both immediate goals, such as academic success as defined by state and district standards, and overarching goals as well, such as the development of life ambitions and the cultivation of mastery goal orientation and academic self-regulation. Teaching involves pulling from both the instructor and the pupil’s total knowledge, a rich tapestry of heritage, formal education, and personal experience in order to take learning to the next level.  I believe in setting high expectations for my students and providing scaffolded instruction to help them think independently and critically in a supportive environment where they feel safe to grow as learners. I strive to be a teacher who will be able to reach students on this level and also contribute to individuals’ personal and educational growth.