Educational Philosophy

Education is an evolving profession, as educators we must embrace change in order to maintain and sustain high quality student learning. Change is important for growth within the school and its community. It is the responsibility of the administration to foster the school culture but ultimately it is the effort of the entire faculty working collaboratively together toward common goals.

I believe that schools can be successful if the focus is on students and how we can improve student learning. This means looking at each child’s learning styles and our teaching practices. We need to constantly evaluate ourselves by setting goals and monitoring those goals. It involves taking risks that may lead to failure in the short term but a learning opportunity in the long term. This culture needs to be fostered within the school and must be modeled by the administration. Students need to be supported in the risk-taking model so that they do not fear stepping out of their comfort zone but rather see all opportunities as a learning experience.

Lifelong learners…

It is important that educators demonstrate to the school community the importance of lifelong learning. Education is a process not a destination. As educators, we are exemplars of continuous learning.  We must keep abreast of our profession through professional learning communities.

Collaboration…

Educators need to encourage collaboration skills and best practices among colleagues and students. We should learn from each other and create an environment that allows risk-taking and embraces it, while providing an opportunity to learn and grow together.   Educators need to look at student work and create a data plan so that school and student improvement is always in the forefront.

Inspire and motivate…

As educators we need to appreciate each child’s unique skills and abilities and provide an environment that allows them to blossom.   We need to understand each child so that they can set and achieve their goals while praising effort. It is our role as educators to constantly provide practical feedback and focus on developing critical thinking through deliberate practice.

Leadership…

 As an educational leader in an international school I create a culture of trust where teachers feel supported and appreciated. I encourage teachers to focus on the positive though appreciative inquiry techniques. Status quo is not accepted rather identifying best practices in education and how to support all leaners is considered the norm.

 

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential” – Winston Churchill