Teaching philosophy

My philosophy is simple, all students learn best when they feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe. I believe it is important for each student to feel seen, heard, and cared for as individuals. 

As a teenager I was shy and soft spoken, I was not one to call attention to myself. I sat as far back as I could hoping teachers wouldn't notice me. The only time I ever felt comfortable was sitting in the clarinet section of my band room or on stage in my beginning drama class. Why? Because both my band and drama teacher made me feel like I existed, I mattered, and I was somebody. Even if they never realized it, they inspired me to become an educator.

Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possible be. 

-Rita Pierson-

Student actors rehearsing for our fall production of William Shakespeare's, "Romeo and Juliet". 

Because of them I understand that the connections and relationships I build as an educator are the foundation for creating a community where all students feel safe. 

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