Youth keep me honest. They blurt out what I often think but hide. Their voices mirror my humanness. Yet through their eyes lit on fire with a cause, I see a vision for the future!
Innovation and Excellence
As educators, we need not fear innovation. Nor should we separate the concepts and practices of innovation and excellence. Innovation leads to excellence and excellence to innovation. The major variance being that innovation provides room for failure while excellence often demands perfection.
The pursuit of innovation should never be used as an excuse for lack of standards mastery. In contrast, it is the vehicle by which we captivate the minds and hearts of youth in order to inspire the desire for learning, purpose, and destiny.
Excellence shines in the reflective light of this mighty firebrand we call innovation. Neither students nor teachers are machines; we are creative beings longing for a safe place to develop our skills in order to one day change our world!
Education is my career but literacy, technology, and the arts are my passions. I thoroughly enjoy seeing students go beyond learning to read and write and begin to discover a sense of destiny.
I teach READ 180, a middle school literacy program designed to help struggling students learn to read. Read 180 uses technology to provide an individualized program for each student. I hope to give inspire my students to venture out into the world like my own two children have.