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My name is Thomas C. Curtis and I am a teacher. My wife and I moved out to Tooele six years ago and have grown to love the area. I have been teaching now for ten years teaching a variety of children from Kindergarten up to 9th. Over the past ten years, I have become an apt and capable teacher who uses both technology and skill to teach and encourage students to further their knowledge in the Spanish language. I have taught beginners, moderate learners, as well as natives and been able to further their Spanish ability by teaching them carefully construed lessons.
My first year teaching I worked as an intern; it was an experience that I shall never forget. I was welcomed into a classroom and was told that I had 256 kids to whom I needed to teach Spanish. That was followed by nine years working at a Public Charter School where the focus of the school was on education, the specials (P.E., Music, and Foreign Language), and a pride in excellence. It is also a school where traditional American values are taught and promoted with daily lessons and teachings.
I firmly believe that if we "fail to plan, then we plan to fail." In order to create an ideal classroom learning environment; I will always have set plans of what, why, and where to teach the different materials taught throughout the year. I am also not scared to alter or adjust my curriculum in order to meet the new requirements of the day. By having everything planned out in advance, I have found that I am better able to concentrate on how I am going to teach as well as well as focus on giving more individual detail to what I teach.
Above and beyond that, with the help of my students, we have created a classroom environment that I feel is adequate for both my teaching and their learning needs. My classroom expectations have been reduced to a simple set of five guidelines.. I expect my students to L.E.A.R.N. L - "Listen with your full attention.", E - "Enter the room prepared and ready to learn," A - "Always give your best effort on all your work," R - "Respect yourself, others, and materials in the classroom," and N - "No excuses." Every rule that I have ever seen falls into one of those simple categories. By enforcing those rules, and caring for the students, a classroom environment is established where students can learn as well as feel safe. I have also found that working in close contact with parents, via phone, email, or in-class visitations, has aided me in creating an atmosphere where students, as well as parents, are welcome to come and learn.
Honestly, I feel that I have grown into a capable, well-rounded teacher who has reasonable control of his classroom. This growth has come from a variety of different sources; I have learned from personal experience, specialized trainings, colleagues, and advice from parents and staff how to handle a multiplicity of different situations in a plethora of different methods.
Lastly, I love teaching. If the teacher does not enjoy being there in the classroom, the students won't either. A love of something is the best way to teach.
Cordially, Mr. Thomas C. Curtis