As a child born in Florida and moving to Tennessee at the age of 14, I have experienced many different school environments, from public to private to magnet schools. All have given me a different perspective on environments for students. I am fortunate to have experienced a wide range of schools and teaching styles. At the age of 22, I received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Maryville College in Business Management and Organization. From there, I continued to help direct a local preschool with about 75 students. After teaching for so long, since the age of 16, I realized that my passion and calling was for being an educator. This is when I decided to return to school, and have since earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Tusculum College. An educator who is able to guide a student to learn through experience and reflection, and incorporates the child’s desires and group learning is very progressive in philosophy. I would love to incorporate this philosophy in my classroom, as it drives exploration and builds self-worth. Classroom Management and Organization is also a key component to a well-run classroom, especially one using more of a progressive philosophy. Making sure parents, teachers, and students all know classroom procedures, rules, discipline, and communication is key to reaching the goal of great classroom management. Every child has a talent and something to contribute to a team. Figuring this out at the start of the school year is important for this philosophy as well. An educator can provide this by getting to know one’s students and using small group activities to build groups. I believe that every child has a gift to contribute to everyday life, and needs coaching in order to do so. Education is the foundation to success, and I would feel honored to contribute my knowledge and experience to such a cause. For this reason, I have chosen a path in education, and hope to have a positive impact on the children who pass through my room.