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I have been teaching since 1999, and came to Loyola Catholic School in 2002. I am currently working on my Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching English Language Learners from Valley City State University. I plan to graduate in December of 2012.
The core values of Loyola Catholic School completely align with my philosophy in education, which promotes a lifetime of learning and service in one's community and the world. I model to my students how one can be incredibly open-minded and learn about the cultures that comprise our diversified world. If one can understand more about an array of cultures he or she will enter the world with a breadth of knowledge about the people he or she will encounter, the people that will be fellow employees, neighbors, and friends. That knowledge will foster respect and appreciation, which are imperative as we work together in society to solve the problems around us.
I challenge my students to reach beyond the easy answer, question themselves and the way they think, and learn how to effectively engage in dialogue with those around them, whether in Spanish, English, or any language they learn. I present an array of avenues, from which my students can learn. I will ask my students to find the avenue that fits each one best and dive into learning! They should find their own voice and respect the voices of those around them.
I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.
Attended: Valley City State University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education
“Our first task whenever approaching another person, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes for the ground we are approaching is holy…lest we forget and find ourselves treading on another's dreams. More serious still lest we forget that God was there before we arrived.” Kenneth Cragg