UT San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio
I am very passionate about teaching and have a strong interest and commitment to helping my students succeed in school and in life. Seeing the students' improvement in their learning experiences has been the most satisfying aspect of my academic career."
Flying requires instruction, desire, and opportunity. I want my students to soar so I educate, motivate, and open doors. I aspire to make an illuminating difference to illumine past and present and proffer multiple perspectives in order to empower individuals to envision and meet their complex, future challenges and to reach their highest professional peaks.
I am professionally and personally encouraged as I witness students flourish as they establish positive relations with their instructors, fellow students, communities near and distant, and concern for the thoughts and ideas of others.
Employers don't care about theory. They want employees who know how to get things done. My course objectives are for students to be able to apply the knowledge they acquire, to learn to analyze and critically think through problems to fact-based solutions. The greatest satisfaction, as a teacher, is seeing your students "walking the stage" to receive their diploma and then to receive a thank-you note from them when they secure their first job.
My students have shown me the value of blending traditional teaching practices with unconventional approaches and real-world assignments. They have challenged me to keep up with their world of technology and visual stimulation. They have also provided many years of laughter and inspiration. I hope I have taught them a little bit of something along the way.
For me, teaching is not about the teacher, it is about the student. I must help my students, future Special Education teachers, reach a place where they look at the faces in their classroom and see the individuals not the disabilities.
I try to take every opportunity and privilege to impact the lives of countless students by conveying my excitement about learning so that they can thrive at the maximum potential and enjoy flying with their own wings without caring only about their grades.
The most gratifying aspect of teaching is to see a student take the material beyond the parameters of the classroom.