As an educator, and a lover of literature and good writing, I am intrigued by World War II because I feel that it was the first well-documented conflict in history. As a high school English teacher, I have specialized in teaching British Literature. I travel to the U.K. each summer and prior to moving to Hawaii, lived abroad there to study British literature. My experiences in Great Britain have afforded me the opportunity to come to know more about World War II from the British perspective.
My philosophy of teaching is informed by the material I teach and the lessons I have learned from my personal teaching successes and failures. I am a firm believer in the student voice and choice and believe that learner-oriented teaching promotes learning that is both purposeful and enduring.
Personal interaction with my students is one of the most important aspects of my teaching. Familiarity with my students is crucial to the development of a good rapport with them. It is my responsibility to know who my learners are, what kinds of knowledge and experience they bring to the group, and what they want to achieve so that I can tailor a curriculum that fits their needs and yet leaves enough room to accommodate topics that emerge from group discovery.