Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because of the impact other teachers in my life had along the way. My mom was also a teacher. I saw the impact and relationships she had with students, and I wanted to be able have those, too. I always had an interest in the business world, so this area was a perfect fit for me.
How do you motivate your students?
One way I try to motivate students is to simply build a relationship with them. Relationships are so important when it comes to communicating with students. I have learned if you have a good relationship with students, then that encourages them to try harder not only for themselves, but also for me. I also try to help connect school to the real world because most students want to know why they are doing something or how it will help them down the road.
What advice would you give first-year teachers?
My advice for first-year teachers would be to connect with your students and get feedback from them. Do not be afraid to have them complete surveys to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Also, find a positive teacher influence to connect with at your school or another school. Burnout happens! You don’t need someone adding to the fire, but you do need someone to help you fight the fire!
What is your greatest success as a teacher?
All my successes come straight from my students’ successes. I feel the most successful when my students decide on a career, place in DECA competitions, earn special recognitions, earn prestigious scholarships and go on to start their careers. I am also national board certified, which was a personal accomplishment as well.