Pleasant Grove Elementary School
5 Years Teaching
What teaching means to me...
To me, teaching is important because I am inspiring students who are entrusted to me to reach their full potential both academically and socially. “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life. It’s about what you inspire others to do.” (Anonymous)
I am always hoping to inspire my students to be the best people they can be, while also challenging them to try their personal best in everything they do. I focus heavily on the character trait of integrity in my classroom. I believe if I can help each child in my classroom to become a person of integrity, a person who is honest and morally upright, I am helping them succeed to become great contributors to society.
Additionally, I would like to see my students work hard and persevere through adversity. This pertains not only to academics, but their personal lives as well.
I invited Brandon Anderson into my classroom in September to talk about this type of work ethic. He is the first active firefighter in America to be an above-the-knee amputee. He talked to my class about the three months it took him to walk again using his prosthetic leg. He also told the inspiring story of how he convinced many people he should still be allowed to fight fires when they were adamant he would not be able to work again. They were concerned about his prosthetic leg, how it would perform in fires, how he would get changed into his boots for fires, and how he would mentally hold up on the job. He problem solved, working with doctors and firefighters to find a way to change into his work boots quick enough to be ready for a fire. By not giving up the hope of continuing to do what he loves, he worked hard to show he could handle the pressure of the job. We refer back to him often as an inspiration to persevere in Room 30!