Due to the nature of my 15-year professional basketball career, our family moved often and experienced many different educational philosophies and settings. Our children attended public schools, international schools, private schools, and even home school at times. The exposure to these educational experiences sparked a flame of curiosity and a love for learning in me. It is my desire to do what I can in my teaching to help pass this flame of curiosity and love of learning to the students I am privileged to have in my classroom.
I have now completed my 8th year of teaching at Lincoln Academy, where my primary focus is in reading and math disciplines. The school’s mission statement, “To inspire children to love learning and to empower them to explore and achieve their individual potential,” connects with my feelings on education. Excellent literature has the power to excite even the most reluctant student to find joy in reading, and ignite the passion for learning. Our students develop higher thinking skills as we study and analyze books such as The Prince and the Pauper, A Christmas Carol, Little Britches and various short stories like, Red Chief, and Rip Van Winkle to name a few. The students also find joy in the memorizing of many important poems which introduce the students to higher language and word usage.
It is important that each student in the classroom has a feeling of safety and comfort so they will feel confident in their exploration of new and exciting ideas and principles. With this attitude of learning, students will develop skills that prepare them for a healthy and fulfilled life and inspire them to be life-long learners. My hope is that the students will take pride in their school and education with the understanding that education is “their” responsibility. I am merely a guide, a mentor, and a resource.