Philosophy of Education
My teaching philosophy is based on educating the whole student. I am responsible for each scholar’s emotional, educational, and spiritual growth in my classroom, and the creation of an environment of inclusion and intellectual challenge that promotes a love of learning. My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that literacy is the underpinning of all of the disciplines in school. Understanding literature drives understanding of self and the world at large. Engaging in reading and writing, and doing it well, prepares students for success in high school and college preparation.
I am a product of Catholic Education – Saint Patrick’s, Bellarmine Prep, Gonzaga, L’Institut Catholique of Paris, and Boston College. I earned my Bachelor’s in Philosophy and French from Gonzaga and a French diploma in European Economics and History from Paris. Post-graduation, I earned a Master’s in French Literature and Language from Boston College. During the time I worked in the private sector, I earned my Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s Certification in Technology Project Management. In deciding to make a career change and move into teaching, I recently completed my Master’s in Teaching from University of Puget Sound, graduating in August 2018.
I completed an amazing year of teaching, (both student observing and classroom teaching) at Lincoln High School in Tacoma in 2018. At Lincoln, I taught 11th grade Advanced Placement English Language and 12th grade English Literature. Previous to that, I spent 20 years in the private sector, mainly in the mobile telecommunication and technology industries, in executive finance and technology roles.
I love travelling the world as much as I can and spending time with my family and friends. I also of course, as an English teacher, love to read! I have so many favorite books it’s hard to pick one, but I can read the Harry Potter series over and over and never get bored. One of my dogs is even named Hermione in honor of my favorite character. 😊
I’m so excited to join the St. Pat’s teaching community!