Degrees and Certifications:
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education Minor in Child Development and Family Studies Standard Texas Educator Certificate – Special Education (EC-12) – Mathematics (4-8) – Family and Consumer Sciences Grades (6-12) – English as a Second Language Supplemental (EC-12) State of Indiana Professional Educator’s License – Career and Technical Education: Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences
Mrs. Jennifer Kim
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As an educator I always hold to the idea that the students of today are the future of our world. Teachers are the providers of transferable skills through every facet of their lives. It is our job as educators to be active in the schools’ purpose, to guide, motivate, and nurture students to become resilient, happy and healthy, tolerant and inclusive citizens in our communities, to maintain life-long learning, personal growth and professional development. We should address students' differences, using variable teaching practices through technology and modeling good values and habits.
I believe that the purpose of today’s schools include teaching transferable personal and social skills. By learning many foundational skills, such as those gained through Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) classes, students become well-rounded and better prepared for an unpredictable future. I have had students from a technical college in South Korea ask me, year after year, the same fundamental question, “Why does the institution require me to take so many pointless courses unrelated to my field?” I recall my younger self struggling with the same dilemma, forced into taking French, geography, and home economics. In 2017, when I traveled to Annecy, a tiny French village near Mont Blanc, I experienced first hand the repercussions of dismissing French at an early age. Experiencing the culture, the food and the warmth of the people opened my eyes. Also having more of a foundation in geography surely would have helped expedite winning over my Irish father-in-law, a retired high school geography teacher. Last but not least, I later realized the impact of dismissing home economics courses in my childhood studies, as I pursued my undergraduate studies in Career and Technical Education (CTE), ironically, on a basic diet of ramen noodles due to my then, poorly developed, cooking skills.
The promotion of cultural awareness and encouraging tolerance and appropriacy of expression is another element I try to incorporate into my teaching environment. We live in an ever-changing, exciting, diverse world. The classroom is a microcosm of this trend. Celebrating the intercultural, where multiple cultures meet and engage is at the forefront of my mind when I design a curriculum. Teaching tolerance and appropriate expression when we encounter something new is essential. As Texas becomes a more transnational and multi-ethnic society, it is our responsibility to help students recognize the influence of racism and xenophobia encountered by themselves and others and to become more understanding and respectful of cultural differences. Providing various perspectives in any situation and promoting empathy for those unlike ourselves will better prepare our students for the challenges they may face ahead.
In order to teach students effectively for a given topic, teachers can best help students learn by creating educational opportunities for students that enable them to think, value, feel, act, and reflect. The role of a teacher for me is to be a coach for learning. One should seek students’ points of view and interests to promote learning and acquisition of transferable skills and motivate them by shaping and adapting curriculum to better suit their needs. Quality feedback is essential! Adapting to suit our environment is a skill we can pass on to our students through modeling e.g. incorporating technology as a tool in the classroom to engage with students in a manner they are familiar with and enthusiastic about. However, as Bill Gates said, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Therefore, a teacher must make good observations of his or her students and adjust his or her own teaching methods to evaluate how the students of a class learn best.
My educational philosophy aligns completely with the philosophy of both my professional and personal life. It affects my attitude, influences my decisions, and directs my goals with others. I am a progressive teacher that is constantly learning and growing. I desire to mentor each of my students with passion that will excite students to learn in a meaningful way. A teacher should have a vision of teaching and learning, and exhibit a love for their subjects and craft so they can instill some of the same enthusiasm in their students. In doing so, a teacher can best create a learning environment that extends beyond the traditional classroom to real-life experiences, applications, and community relationships in learning. A little bit of attention and concern goes a long way and the educators can assist in the students' road to understanding the value of perseverance. Teacher and psychologist, Dr. Angela Duckworth’s study which coined the term, “grit,” explains the importance of “sticking it through” for a student’s long-term success. Teachers can guide students to become the leaders of their generation. As an educator, it is my responsibility to be a guide to my students so they may grow towards the development of their own independence and worth with insight as they reach their full potential. I strive to be a driving force in their path for passion, purpose, and success in every child’s life.