Teaching & education are my passion. I taught Middle School for ten years, and teaching still has a very big place in my heart. I loved every minute and often visit with my former students, many of whom are all grown up now!
Middle school students are right on the edge of “abstract” thinking, and it’s so thrilling the way they light up when they get a new idea!
I took a break from teaching when I decided it was time to start a family. It was a good decision, although I had no idea how long and winding the path to parenthood would be! I plan to return to education, though, because it’s still my passion. In the meantime, I’ve done volunteer work with schools, and lots of tutoring and homework-help with kids in the neighborhood!
I worked at a wonderful school where kids learned primarily through hands-on projects and cooperative group work.
I’m very interested in the issues facing public education in America, from a civic and professisonal point of view. But when I imagine sending my own child to school, improvements in our schools seem even more urgent. I’d like to be in the classroom again, but I’d also like to have a bigger influence over the way education happens in our country – for my own future child, and all our children.
As a teacher, I always try to remember what it’s like, learning something new.
My career ambition is to finish a doctorate in Education and take up a position in curriculum development. It will be a long road, since I know I can only work on the degree part time, over several years. But that’s ok! I know exactly where I’m headed and I know I’ll enjoy the work along the way. And I know it will be great for my child to see that adults continue to learn all through their lives.