All students have a right to an equitable free and appropriate public education with differentiated instruction to meet individual learning needs. The environment in which students are taught should have a safe, encouraging atmosphere. Education should focus on developing the whole child, teaching academic, social, and emotional learning for all. An inherent culture of discourse, critical thinking, and independence should exist. Learning should be made relevant to students’ lives and application of skills practiced in multiple settings, not just in a classroom. All individuals, students, staff, and families, should be encouraged to reflect on practice and growth. To lead meaningful change, reflection should be on all levels of learning and guided by the use of data to make an informed plan for change.
Furthermore, I believe that every student has the ability to learn and be successful. In order to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, students must feel comfortable taking risks. Therefore, I strive to foster a school and classroom community where students and families feel safe and supported. In addition, families and students each bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the school and classroom and learn best in varying ways due to different learning styles, interests, and preferences. I embrace these differences and use them to strengthen learning experiences in my school and classrooms. I set high expectations for each and every one of my staff members as well as students, while providing the structure and guidance necessary to achieve success.