My mother knew I was going to be a teacher long before I did. When I was in first grade, the teacher called home to explain that I had been speaking out of turn in my class. When the teacher, trying to reprimand me, asked, “Jared, would you like to teach the class?” Instead of the usual “No…” that students mumble, I said, “Sure!”
Surprised, my teacher let me walk in front of the class and pretend to be the teacher for about five minutes.
I didn’t think anything of it and continued through the public education system until the time that I graduated high school. It was my memory of that first grade class coupled with the classroom experiences, both good and bad, that drove me to pursue a career in education. I attended Westminster College where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education.
Throughout my experiences, I have found that it is important to create a comfortable classroom environment in which the students feel safe and empowered to learn.
In 2011, I attained my Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University’s Masters of Education program. I believe that technology has become an integral part of our society and that students need to build 21st-century skills in order to succeed.