Bachelor of Fine Science ~ Educational Studies
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
I believe early childhood education is the most formative time in a student learning. Children are picking up so many new themes and ideas. Working with those new ideas in the classroom allows them more time to explore and learn about the world around them. I want to create a space that allows each student to explore their creativity in their own time. My passion is not only teaching but art and I believe all children can benefit from what art brings to the classroom. I want the students in my classroom to feel expressive, safe, and excited in their environment.
Teaching is a time to lead by example. I hope to instill the importance of kindness and empathy in my class. I believe learning is happening all the time around the child. I want to create a safe environment where the students feel free to express themselves without judgement or ridicule. Process based art is what I will be focused on and I want the entire process from the moment they discover what a paint brush is to how clay feels in their hands, to be an exciting time.
Students should have the time to learn at their own pace so they can get the most out of their time at school. A large part of my learning philosophy is to adjust each lesson to adhere to each student. I want to make sure the children are setting their own learning pace and never feel rushed when exploring a lesson that is particularly interesting to them. I want to make sure each child leaves my class feeling as though they got the most they could out of that lesson. I see each one of my students as their own individual and I want them to feel encouraged to go outside of the box and push the limits to their imagination and creativity.
I also believe some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom and at home. I hope to work with students’ parents and guardians to make sure we are all doing the best we can for each individual student. I believe teacher-parent relationships are extremely important to encouraging developmental growth.
My main goal at the end of the day is to instill a love of learning in each student. I believe continued education throughout our life is one of the most important things we can do. That learning begins from infancy and I want each and every student to feel excited about school and learning. I hope students leave my classroom with encouragement to continue to be intrigued by the world around them.