I believe that the purpose of education is to gradually journey deeper into our understandings of the world, ourselves, and our place in the world. Seeing education in this way leads me, as a teacher, to particular understandings about the nature of the students’, the teacher’s, and the community’s role in learning. I believe that students are central to the learning process and that their role is to wholly engage in their explorations of self, community, and the world, that the teacher is responsible for balancing the needs of the learner with the needs of society through their professional choices, and that the larger community needs to be recognized as omnipresent and essential in the learning process. I apply these core beliefs to every teaching and learning situation – formal and informal, young child to elder, across gender, race, socio-economic status, and creed – because they are flexible to accommodate the variable nature of educational journeys. We each begin with our own questions, and as we live those out towards the answers, we inevitably experience, and need, something different along the way.
B.A. Environmental Studies: Environmental Education, Prescott College
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Prescott College