I believe that if students are held to high standards and are provided with the appropriate support, they will succeed. Education occurs through learning. Therefore, I strive to make education learner-centered. This involves creating educational opportunities that consider the learners’ needs first and crafting experiences that are flexible and focused on student success. Learning is a creative act, unique to each individual. I make every effort to recognize my students’ learning styles and make conscious use of each available setting for learning. Direct experiences shape individual understanding. Therefore active student engagement is necessary for peak learning to occur.
In responding to the educational and community needs in the competitive environment of the twenty-first century, an educator’s knowledge of course material continues to be essential. However I believe it is equally important that I weave lessons about teamwork, problem solving, communications, ethics and responsibility into my classes and interactions with my students. If this is successfully done, I walk away knowing that I have made an impact on students’ lives.