Lamar County Career and Technical Center
- How many years have you been teaching?
This is my 23rd year teaching. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school science and worked as a postsecondary instructor and instructional technologist in K-12. I most recently finished my first year as a teacher academy instructor.
- What lead you to teaching in this field?
I have always liked change, so when the teacher academy position became available, I applied. Teaching is my passion. I constantly seek professional development and ways to improve my craft. This position allows me to impress upon my students the five core propositions of teaching as listed by the national board and demonstrate them in my everyday teaching. I like being able to exhibit my passion as an educator to my students, and I hope to have them embody the same passion for teaching others.
- What has been your biggest success in the classroom?
I appreciate when my reluctant students become conscientious students and succeed in their academic endeavors. It is extremely rewarding to see students, who may have struggled, graduate. Pictures of smiling faces in graduation regalia make me happy.
- What motivates you most as a CTE instructor?
The biggest motivator is to introduce my students to life after high school. By introducing them to professions through relevant field experiences and visits to postsecondary institutions, I hope to help pave the way for their successful futures.
- What impact do you hope to have on your students?
Independence is what I most want for my students. I want them to graduate with a sense of self and a plan. Hopefully, through lessons and experiences, my students gain an understanding of who they are, where they should be, and how to reach their goals.
- What advice would you give new CTE instructor?
To instructors new to CTE: Allow students to experience careers and expose them to the possibilities of postsecondary experiences. Teaching in CTE is all about having a classroom without walls!