Savannah Grove Elementary School
1.) Tell us about your role as an educator. What does your typical day look like?
As an educator, my role is to help raise student achievement levels, raise staff morale, increase parental engagement, increase the motivation of students, and decrease student discipline. My typical day is assisting faculty/staff members and students through technology issues. My day also involves conducting walkthroughs and providing prompt and immediate feedback with teachers. I also interact with students to check in to see how they are doing academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally.
2.) What’s your education philosophy summed up in one sentence?
I believe that the purpose of education is making the student whole not just in the school, but outside of the school as well.
3.) Why did you become an educator?
I became an educator because I want to empower, inspire, and ignite every students’ curiosity. I want every student to see themselves in the lessons.
4.) As an SCASCD Emerging Leader, how do you hope to have a greater effect on education in your community and beyond?
As an SCASCD Emerging Leader, I hope to have a great effect on education in my community and beyond by sharing ideas, strategies, and resources that have worked for me. I plan to learn and work with other SCASCD Emerging Leaders to help improve on topics that I am not strong in order to improve as an educator and help the school community at large.
5.) What types of professional development (books, DVDs, webinars, courses) have made a difference in your career?
The types of professional development opportunities that have made a difference in my career are books, webinars, and Graduate Education courses. These professional development have not only been beneficial for me , but they have improved the school community.
6.) Was there a pivotal moment when you realized your career choice in education was the correct one? Describe that time.
During my first year of teaching 8th Grade Social Studies, I had a lot of students to tell me that they enjoyed my teaching style of Social Studies as compared to their 7th Grade Social Studies teacher. They indicated that I gave them their voice to share how they felt without fear of criticism or being disrespected.
7.) If you could make one major change in education, what would it be?
If I could make one major change in education, it would be to provide equitable funding for every school/school district in public education.
8.) What is your most rewarding experience as an educator?
My most rewarding experience as an educator is seeing students overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. When students walk across the stage either as a 6th Grade student, 8th Grade student, or as a high school senior, it makes all the work and dedication worthwhile that I did to assist them in reaching their goals. There is nothing like seeing their smile in their faces as well as the smiles on their family faces when they have reached an important milestone in their life.