This is my 5th year serving as the Career & Technical Education (CTE)-Business Education teacher at Northern Guilford Middle School. I was selected as Northern Guilford Middle School’s Rookie Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. I have earned a BS degree in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Teaching – Business Education from North Carolina A&T State University.
The technical and soft skills acquired in my classes will be essential to students as they prepare themselves for the 21st century workplace. In 6th grade (Computer Skills & Applications), students are taught how to type using the touch method. Emphasis will be given to the correct posture and techniques used while typing. Students will also have an introduction to Microsoft Word. The skills acquired in 6th grade are taken a step further in 7th grade (Intro to Office Productivity). Technical skills are acquired by creating documents (Word), spreadsheets and workbooks (Excel) and multi-media presentations (PowerPoint). In Exploring Business and Entrepreneurship, 8th graders explore the concepts of business principles and entrepreneurship.
My teaching philosophy is grounded in cultivating a supportive and safe learning environment where students thrive, as they develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. When students enter my classroom they are seen, heard and know that they matter to me. This year will be no different. Even though we are learning remotely, I will continue to create bonds and build relationships with my students. During these unprecedented times, it is vital that we establish and maintain a sense of connection.
I am sure the 2020-2021 school year will present its share of challenges. However, I am confident that we will overcome and thrive as we stand #NighthawksUnited.