Thank you for visiting my profile page. I look forward to an eventful and constructive academic year with my students, parents, community and colleagues. May our time together be blessed with collaboration and harmony in pursuit of our individual and collective goals.
Philosophy of Education
I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the student's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
When the teacher's role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
Equally, important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study. Given the opportunity for input, students generate ideas and set goals that make for much richer activities than I could have created or imagined myself. When students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, and environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves. Class discussions are one way to encourage such dialogue. I believe students have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with young adults. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.
My personal interests in art and history has led me to pursue my post-secondary academic career at the University of Ottawa. Where I have acquired an Honours degree in Fine Arts and a minor in History. During my undergrad, I was fortunate to study under leading contemporary artists such as Lynne Cohen, Philip Fry, Catherine Richards and many more talented artists and inspiring professors.
As a student-artist, I have had an opportunity to showcase a number of my artworks in several collaborative exhibitions. In addition to pursuing my career as a student-artist, I was an active member of our departments student council and president of our graduation committee and Gradshow.
Following on my desires to become an educator, I registered and graduated from the University of Ottawas Bachelor of Education Program in 2002.
My teaching experiences vary, however most of them have been with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. I began teaching with the CDSBEO at St.Francis Xavier CHS in Hammond where most of my teaching assignment was as a guidance counselor while the balance of my timetable integrated the delivery of a high school photography course.
In pursuit of newer challenges, I transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas CHS in 2004 where I have been presented with the opportunity of developing its visual arts program. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching STACHSs visual arts and history courses at all high school grades. I look forward to many years of growing with this school and community as your teacher and colleague.