President Kennedy once said,
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!"
As I enter my 20th year in my educational career, here in Ridgefield, I am still as excited to teach today, as I was on my very first day in September of 2000. As an educator, I know that I am making a difference. I am shaping and molding the future generations of America. The training that I received in the Teacher Education Program at Montclair State University has prepared me, but the best training is experience.
With the experience of all these years in all the different classes that I have taught in the Ridgefield Schools, I continue to instill an appreciation and love of literature within my students.
I continue to teach the importance of reading and writing with much enthusiasm.
I continue to lead my students in the right direction.
I continue to help students understand literature.
I continue to encourage each student to relate what they read to their own lives to make it meaningful.
As a parent myself of three beautiful children, I know that forming that bond with books is so important. I will continue to inspire the children of Ridgefield to enjoy reading and writing just like I inspire my own children. Each and every student is like my own child in my eyes.
My great sense of humor, sensitivity, creativity, open-mindedness, and love for children will continue to foster a great appreciation of literature for all of my students, present and future and for many years to come.
So I say, Slocum Skewes School, as an ELA/BSI/RTI teacher with 20 years of experience, I have so much I can and will do for you and for the good of our community.