Hudson Middle School
Hudson Community Schools
Middle School Social Studies
What’s the thing you like most about teaching?
I love having the opportunity of coming to a job that presents something new each and every day. On a typical day, I get to interact with 75 different students and faculty. I know that interaction not only gives me an opportunity to have fun, but gives me an opportunity to contribute to the lives of those students.
What’s the thing you find most challenging about teaching?
The most challenging part of teaching is adapting to the endless amount of change and obstacles that often accompany education. Getting every student to see and reach their potential in some aspect of their life is very challenging. With that being said, however, is the most rewarding part of what we do as educators. Challenge is almost another term for taking risks in making yourself better as an educator no matter what obstacles stand in front of us.
Best tip for new teachers?
Know that going into this profession requires countless amounts of hours in preparation, but most importantly a personality that invites students into your classroom. The teaching field will also require you to spend time outside of regular teaching hours to become who you are as a role model….seize that opportunity. Solidify your classroom management style and then work on perfecting it from the beginning. Take all of that momentum and excitement and let it become the foundation from which many of your students will depend on for years to come.
Best tip for career teachers?
Make an annual goal before the beginning of each year to make yourself better at what you do. Remember that every student you interact with will take something from you. You have no idea how many students internalize the leadership and modeling you present on a daily basis.
Favorite piece of advice for students?
Overcome any obstacle it takes to show everyone the abilities you have. Showcase your talent through not only creativity and responsibility, but most importantly through character.
What does being a Gold Star Teacher mean to you?
I have to be honest in saying that this award could go to many educators in the area. Many teachers go unrecognized but continue to push our society in the right direction without any pat on the back or outward congratulations. When I received this award last spring, I of course, felt honored. I also felt humbled and will continue to honor the award by striving to continually work to be the best I can be for the students.