Hometown: Northville, Michigan
Degrees: Secondary Education; English & Health
Phone Number: 734.363.9053
When I was younger, I loved getting lost in the stories I found in books. When my sisters were born, I would lay with them in their cribs and read to them until we fell asleep. As they grew, their ambition to read for themselves also grew. I would sit with them and help them learn to sound out words and write their names, this is when I decided I wanted to be an English teacher. I loved being able to share stories and books with them, but my favorite part of it all was when something finally clicked for them. Whether it be writing their name for the first time, finishing their first chapter books, or now, helping them write their college application essays, I saw them blossoming into full grown people right before my eyes. I can’t help but have a sense of pride knowing that I helped them with this progression.
Growing up the oldest of three girls, you have no choice but to practice the art of patience. Having quite the full house made for a plethora of opportunities to further my understanding of patience. My whole life I have always found myself to be on some sort of team. With being involved in sports, clubs, and all sorts of organizations, I am a seasoned vet when it comes to working with others towards a common goal. Communication and compromise are concepts that played a role in building my character. I have high expectations for myself and the career that I am going to build. I can’t really think of anything more rewarding and important than being a positive impact on someone’s life as they try to also become the epitome of their own highest of expectations. Every person is different and has faced different struggles. Understanding this as a teacher is important for differentiation, but it also important to teach to students. In today’s world, teaching empathy, understanding, and love should be woven into every standard.
I hope to make an impact in any way that I can. When I went to college and took health classes, I started to realize the magnitude of the deficit in health literacy that I, as well as many others, seemed to be glaringly unaware of. I knew that if I worked hard in school I could try and make an impact in health education, too. When I look into my future, I see myself continuing my own education, working on curriculum, working in secondary and higher education, running after school programs, anything that will help get me to the learners who need me. I don’t plan on remaining stagnant in my learning, therefore I don’t plan to in my teaching either. I plan on being a great teacher and working harder every day to surpass my own conceptions of what a great teacher is.