Texas Tech University
Middle School Science
Emily believes that the primary role of an educator is to empower students to reach their highest potential. To do this, she knows that children need to understand and appreciate the value of community.
Emily is excited to be an educator because of the opportunity to impact young minds. She calls herself one of the “weird” few who want to teach middle school, explaining, “I believe that children in this portion of their development are experiencing one of the most crucial phases of their lives to build self-confidence, self-advocacy skills, and become self-motivated learners.” Emily believes that in the pre-teen years of a child’s life, they begin to become aware of the cliques in their schools, and begin to feel the pressure of social acceptance. Because of this, she hopes to create a safe environment where children are passionate about learning, and develop positive peer relationships.
“My classroom environment will be shaped around the idea that as a unit we can achieve more than we can achieve on our own. It is our job to recognize the strengths and abilities of those around us, and call them out in each other, especially when we cannot recognize them for ourselves.”
"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." - Dalai Lama