Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech Master of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Tennessee Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University
- When I was getting my undergraduate degree, I had an assignment to write my personal philosophy of teaching. It was learning by doing, and teaching skills that were practical and important for a specific career.
- I learned that understanding your students individually and intricately is as important as the subject.
- I am an academic minded teacher who instructs in a career and technical field.
- I expect students to get a deep knowledge of facts and underlying premises, be able to analyze the subject and pull it apart, and use the knowledge to accomplish a hands-on task.
- As I achieve these steps, students individual learning styles and emotional responses are important.
- Students will not learn nearly as much if they walk out each day exclaiming “I hate school”.
- If I were ever to be called an outstanding teacher, I hope it would be because I am good at constructing an atmosphere where students learned and when asked about their experience, said “It wasn’t that bad”.
- Learning is difficult, extremely difficult for a large percentage of our population today.
- I am not always “Mr. Fun”, but I work very hard to make things bearable, almost always interesting, and sometimes downright fun.
- I find great reward when I am able to recognize or someone else recognizes a student for an accomplishment, especially when I know that the accomplishment came as a result of hard work, and extenuating circumstances.