Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English, Voorhees College, 1987 M.Ed., Counselor Education, SC State University, 1995 TEACHER CERTIFICATION INFORMATION:Presently holding a South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate #213936, and meeting all requirements mandated by the SC State Department of Education
Ms. Valerie Walker
I am pleased to be entering my 21st year of teaching! This is my FIFTH year at A. L. Corbett and am looking forward to it. I love teaching, and I began my teaching career when I started working in an Adult Educaton Program as a tutor. I really enjoyed working with students and helping them realize their potential. I wanted to further my goals in education and entered the PACE program and earned my certification in English on the Secondary level. After I left Adult Education, I worked in the Early Start Family Literacy Program which I assisted parents of very young children earn their GEDs. Upon near completion of the PACE program, I began my interim teaching at Denmark-Olar Middle School teaching 8th grade ELA and Honors classes. After I left Denmark-Olar, I worked eight years at Blackville-Hilda Jr. High School teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
My training and experience thus far have shown me that students learn best when they are active participants in the learning process. Therefore, my approach promotes active student participation in academics. I utilize content to develop skills and challenge students through practices such as cooperative learning and authentic assessment. Students in my classroom are cognizant of the goals that they must achieve through instruments such as rubric grading and clearly defined objectives. Using the English Language curriculum, emphasis is placed upon the development of learning and communication skills, as well as critical thinking. I have worked with my students to improve essay writing, which is imperative to communication and to the expression of knowledge. Additionally, I am working with my mentors and administration to integrate computer technology with the English Language curriculum through the use of PowerPoint/video presentations, Internet applications, and many forms of word processing.
Extensive parent-teacher contact and cooperation with the guidance department is vital. This has enhanced my effectiveness in the classroom and has enabled me to develop a support network for my students.
I constantly strive to be a positive role model to my students, to create a nurturing classroom environment, to promote self-esteem, to enable students to grow both in and out of the classroom, and to prepare students to face the challenges of life.