Greetings! I am Mrs. Rich, and I currently teach English I, III, and Success 101. I graduated from UNCG and ECU, and I have taught online and in person college writing classes at RCC, GTCC, and NCAT. I am a mother of two students, myself! My family and I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and going to concerts.
I love teaching and learning, which is why I look forward to coming to work each day. I am dedicated to my students and the pursuit of education.
A teacher’s philosophy is a set of beliefs, values, and principles that guide their instruction. Here is a bulleted version of my philosophy:
- I am altruistically motivated, meaning I genuinely believe in serving people, specifically young adults, through encouragement and providing resources that will allow them to discover and develop their own voice
- I want students to know that their voice should be celebrated and embraced and NEVER devalued.
- I do not simply teach students “correct” grammar. Rather, we explore how grammar is perceived and how it operates within different contexts (school, work, journaling, conversation, poetry, etc.).
- Writing freely, without fear of judgment, is so important for development in reading, writing, and speaking.
- Language is flexible and looks different across different contexts and languages, which may allow you to bend certain grammar rules. Knowing how and when to do this requires a specific knowledge and skillset.
- Understanding and recognizing how we are judged, or how we judge others based on written and spoken language is an important life skill that exposes how these judgments reinforce inequality.
- The ability to master skills needed for academic writing and speaking is a crucial skill needed for college, and for moving in and out of different life contexts.
- Students should be free to explore ways to find joy in reading different types of texts while developing the ability to understand and challenge social implications surrounding text.
- Mastering these skills will allow students to develop into well-rounded individuals who can move between different contexts with confidence, and recognize how their beliefs, knowledge, perspective and understanding are all being shaped by the language that surrounds us.