In reflecting on my qualities and experiences that have prepared me to teach, I would say that my most important experience has been parenting my own children. I have five children, each with their own unique personality, needs, and interests. Raising them has given me insight as I learned to embrace multiple perspectives and empathy as I endeavored to be firm yet kind.
My colleagues frequently tell me that I “always seem so calm”. Part of that may come from experience and being prepared. This is my eighth year of teaching. It also comes from knowing that if I let myself get flustered, I can’t think as clearly. When I am calm, I feel more in control and my students stay calmer as well.
I know that my mood affects my students. I like to teach. I find it challenging. Thinking about my students fills up most of my time during the school year. Sometimes I even dream about them. We spend so much time together parents may feel I see their student more than they do! I am in a good mood most of the time. My motto is, “Happy Teacher, Happy Students”. I hope that you enjoy having me as your teacher this year.