Philsophy of Education
My teaching philosophy is largely traditional. I believe that a teacher should be the central authority in the classroom. Although I believe that classrooms generally opperate best when students are included to some degree in the classroom decisions, I feel that children need solid, consistent guidance and direction. I believe that classroom management problems are best dealt with proactively, and curricular choices best made by the teacher with consideration for provincial standards and individual student needs. I have learned that a student connection with the teacher can be highly effective in establishing and maintaining motivation and discipline; a good teacher is responsible for much more than classroom instruction.
My Speciality Areas
I am Alberta certified to teach all grades from kindergarten through 12th grade, however my specialties are in the arts and humanities. I have training in art education and an undergraduate degree in history and political science.
I am deeply committed to learning and read constantly from a wide variety of disciplines. There's no question I have a love for teaching and have been blessed with the gifts every teacher needs — patience, imagination, inquiry, and compassion. I also love art and have equally been blessed with talent in the arts. Whether it is a true artistic discipline such as painting or sketching, or even just a crafty hobby like knitting & scrapbooking, I love to keep my hands and mind busy creating and learning.