Currently, I am a social studies teacher in Western Virginia where I teach Government, World Geography, and Economics & Personal Finance. I am an alumnus of Gettysburg College where I studied American Studies, Education, and Music. In addition to teaching, I coach tennis and a variety of other sports and am also extremely involved in a multiple musical ensembles.
In my junior year of college, I chose to study abroad in Ghana (in the fall of 2012) and Vienna, Austria (spring of 2013). In Ghana, I studied Ghanaian culture (including the language Twi) and music education. In Vienna, I was enrolled in music, german, and education classes. I also received private horn lessons from a former horn player from the Vienna Philharmonic. I have been fortunate to study education and have taught and interned at schools in both Ghana and Vienna. From these experiences, I like to think I bring more of a global view to education and tend to relate my posts to my experiences in these countries (as well as my experiences in the US).
My goal is to inspire others to become involved in their child’s education and to help close the gap in achievement so every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. However, my primary reason to blog is to understand what people think, and how I can learn from others. That is why I love when people comment and share their ideas. I can’t promise I will respond to every comment, but I read each one and always take the advice and knowledge from you to heart.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~Maya Angelou