Year Awarded: 2012
College of Education
School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Throughout my tenure at the University of Central Florida, my passion for the teaching profession has always been evident and continues to flourish to this day. As a public school elementary classroom teacher I sought to educate my students to the best of my ability by being a reflective practitioner and using best practice teaching methods. As a higher education instructor, my goals have not altered. My primary objective in my undergraduate courses is to provide my students with the best possible experiences and knowledge in order to aid them in confidently stepping into a classroom of their own to have a positive impact on the students they teach. I often refer to this as my own personal ripple effect.
I consider myself a role model in every sense of the word. When I step into my classes each week, I model what it looks like and sounds like to be a prepared, caring professional with high expectations of her students. Students have come to expect my rigorous classes to be filled with hands-on activities, group collaboration, extensive use of technology, and the most up-to-date information about the teaching profession that I can offer. I seek to inspire and leave an indelible mark not only on the pre-service teachers that I come in contact with each semester, but also on my educational peers and colleagues. UCF’s College of Education is not only my place of employment but my alma mater and my home away from home. I will continue to strive to be an asset to my team of educational professionals and a consummate professional for myself, my college, and my students.