I forget what I hear, I remember what I read, I understand what I do. This proverb has served as my motto for almost two decades now. My approach to teaching mirrors the way I view the world: everything is connected and interrelated. As an educator, I believe that it is my charge to develop experiences for my students that will allow them to see the world that surrounds them through a critical lens.
As a social studies teacher, my goal is to enable my students to become the original investigators of history. To this end, my students have created documentaries with great success on a variety of subjects. I have had several on World War II, and I would like to really enhance the knowledge I have on the conflict to help support the students in their research on this vast subject.
During World War II, my father-in-law lost his brother at the Battle of Luzon. The impact was so great that he even volunteered for the Navy in Vietnam in honor of his fallen brother. It would be an honor to share my experiences with him and keep the memory of those that sacrificed their lives in the Pacific Theater and elsewhere in the hearts and minds of our future generations.