Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am an educator with over a decade in the classroom. During that time, I have taught at both the middle and high school levels as well as both ELA and Social Studies. I am passionate about education and cooking…this blog is a way for me to share both with you!
To give you a bit of background on who I am as an educator, the best way I can explain my teaching style is with the following three ideas:
- When people ask me what I teach, what they mean is, “What subject or grade do you teach?” but what I want to tell them is, “I teach basic humanness.” Really, I don’t think anything could be more important.
- If, by the time my students move on, they can take a stance and eloquently and rationally defend it so that others can at least understand why they take the stance they do, and they can listen to another and understand why someone else might take a different stance from themselves even if they don’t agree with it, I consider it a success.
- Mark Twain said, “Courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting in spite of it.” Whether I am applying this to my own personal or professional life or am encouraging courageous behavior in my students, I believe Twain had it right.
Since the birth of my daughter during the summer of 2014, I have been a stay-at-home mother and educator to my own children. I live in Iowa with my husband, daughter and son, several pets, and an open mind and heart.