Philosophy of Education

The Quintessential Librarian

We know the enemy...

On the eve of WWII and a more global economy, John Dewey identified the enemy of society as global prejudice, isolation and hatred. His philosophy embraced social change through education; and 75 years later his influence continues to impact the philosophies of teachers’ worldwide promoting citizenship and global goodwill. Yet the enemy remains…

Collectively, we hope...

By emphasizing freedom and democracy and promoting inquiry based instruction, shared decision making, student driven reading topics, creative and critical thinking, information becomes the tool to learning rather than a fixed authority which we reiterate or reject. Students, through applying their education to local and global issues, develop a strategic awareness of the significance of the knowledge they are acquiring and its practical application in society.

Collaboration for Change...

By working together with teachers, administration and students to make learning effective and engaging, librarians are effective facilitators of new understandings and new information. Through the use of Web 2.0 tools, librarians give students and staff opportunities to present their ideas and applications of knowledge in ways that may influence others. Through the use of technology, we take the lesson out of the box, creating the thrill of learning by linking our new found knowledge with others. Per Bloom, our experiences help us to Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create!

You Make the Choice...

As an educator, I present the ultimate challenge to each student and staff member: to become the best that one can be; to maximize one's potential by asking questions, finding answers, exploring new ideas; becoming a lifelong learner, a voracious reader, a critical thinker; constantly seeking innovative solutions; reflecting on one's learning and growth; and refusing to ever be complacent.

You Are Uniquely You

When considering teaching methods, my concern is for each individual. All students can learn, but not all in the same way. By differentiating and designing lessons considering Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, I provide varied learning opportunities for the students to use their Linguistic, Logical/Mathematics, Musical Rhythmic, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Spatial, Natural, Intrapersonal, and Existential Intelligence! Learning should not be dull.

Applying Research and Evidence Based Best Practices

Each student deserves a teacher librarian who is prepared and effective. To achieve this, I collect data and review current research upon which I base instruction and practices. In this way, I will inspire my students to do and be their best.