My Philosophy My personal philosophy of teaching and learning is to provide an educational experience for my students that will encourage them to look beyond what we learn in the classroom and to apply it to their everyday experiences in and out of my classroom. It is important for me to provide my students with a safe and non-threatening environment in which they can approach me with any type questions they may have.
My Community My school is located in a small, rural town in Northwest Wisconsin. Our community has a population of approximately 500 people. The community is proud of the beautiful lakes around the community which support a prosperous tourism industry. We pride ourselves on being the "Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin" and we celebrate this title by holding an annual Bluegill Festival in July and a Bluegill Christmas Festival in December. These events keep the community tightly woven. The school district receives a lot of support from this tightly woven community.
My Environment My school district has a poplulation of approximately 300 K-12 students. All students are located in 1 building. My district prides itself on being "One of America's Top 100 Schools" and we strive for excellence in our classrooms.
My Roles and Responsibilities This is my first year teaching in my own classroom. I have filled the role of my Middle School Social Studies teacher who retired last year. I have 14 6th grade students, 22 7th grade students and 25 8th grade students. I teach the subjects of Social Studies and Reading. My goal is to always provide students with an experience that will encourage them to want to learn more. I strive to continue my learning by attending workshops and conferences. I have a wide variety student abilities in my classroom and I encourage each level to produce the best quality of work they are capable of.
My Philosophy The more students can become involved and experience the learning process the better they will learn. They need support from all people in the community and the community of stakeholders must value education in order for success.
My Community Birchwood is a small rural community located in northern Wisconsin about 20 miles north of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. It is a resort area with high property values and per pupil cost for educating our students is high. There are many at-risk children in our district. Our school is the center of the community and the main business is Birchwood Manufacturing. There are many lakes and vacation spots that attract visitors in the summer. The annual festival is The Bluegill Festival in July and there is also a Christmas Festival that began only a few years ago. When driving through Birchwood one will notice a large bluegill ushering in any visitors that wish to come visit the community.
My Environment The Birchwood School District is one building that contains grades K to 12th grade. There are approximately 300 students K-12 and we have 30 teachers. There is a distance learning lab which provides students with an opportunity to take classes that our district cannot provide. Some students also attend college classes at the University of Wisconsin Barron County campus in Rice Lake, WI. We have high academic standards and try to provide our students with unique learning opportunities through grants that we aquire. Being a small school affords us the ability to provide more one-on-one attention to our students. Our district has been a New Promise school for three years which means that our state test scores in all areas and grade levels have exceded state requirements. This shows that our teachers work very hard to help our students be successful.
My Roles and Responsibilities I teach M.S. Science. I have fifteen 6th graders, twenty-two 7th graders and twenty-four 8th graders. Students exceed the state levels in science in both middle school and high school. I teach Earth Science in 6th grade, Life Science in 7th grade and Physics in 8th grade with a strong emphasis on hands-on lessons. I also have time each day in my schedule to help teachers at all levels incorporate technology into their curriculum as needed. I work directly with both teachers and students on technology projects and planning of activities.