Hi! I’m Annie.
I am an elementary school teacher living and working in the beautiful eastern Sierra region of California. I’ve been happily married for 21 years and have two, intelligent, wonderful daughters. I am currently working toward my masters degree in education. When I get free time I enjoy taking long walks with my family (including our dog, Ellie), sewing, quilting, and crocheting. I hate cooking. I’m also a pretty lousy housekeeper.
My Personal Teaching Philosophy
I believe that given the right tools, knowledge and support, all children can be successful. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all adults–particularly teachers–to create and maintain a supportive, secure and stimulating environment where children can explore the world around them; develop their own, unique gifts; and uncover their full potential. If we fulfill our obligation to our children, they will mature into happy and well-adjusted adults, who are able to contribute to society in positive and meaningful ways.
As a teacher, I can provide a supportive, classroom environment for my students by . . .
- Defining, teaching, and consistently applying clear rules, expectations, and procedures;
- Expressing my appreciation for individual expression, kindness, and curiosity;
- Appreciating mistakes and failure because I know that is how we grow and eventually succeed;
- Seeking out new research and strategies that can boost my effectiveness as a teacher.
I recognize that as a teacher I have a unique influence over impressionable students. I am a role model to the children I serve. Any one of my actions could potentially serve as a defining moment in the life of a child. I do not take this responsibility lightly. It is my goal always to act with integrity–both in and out of school–because my students, their parents, my colleagues, and society trust me to do what is right.