I wanted so badly to be a teacher before I actually attended school. Then, by first grade, I realized that the teachers I had in school were not kindred spirits. They seemed to think they were the only ones who should be asking questions. They seemed to view their answers as the only correct ones. They had a way of squeezing the life out of any subject by constant repetition of their prescribed facts. I became a constant reader and there, in books, I found knowledge and wonder that inspired questions I had never thought of asking about subjects I didn't realize even existed. Fate has a sense of humor because I, who vowed never to enter a school building again upon my graduation from high school, have ended up as a teacher. I hope that I am the kind of teacher who understands students who think they hate school. Together, we can learn to love learning, not just for a grade but for its own sake.
I am so delighted to be part of the team at Independence Academy, a group of lifetime learners who want to make school a good place for all.