My favorite unit in my History of Western Culture and Belief course is Unit 5: The Great Pestilence. In this unit, we explore the impact of The Plague on every aspect of life during its time and the way it changed the world as a historical turning point. That one event can have such an incredible impact is fascinating to me. We examine the influence this disease had on the study of medicine, population growth, the economy, education, social structure, religion, art, and politics. We engage the topic through period readings, art appreciation, and film. Students create their own danse macabre art in the form of original poetry, short story, song, or visual art. It is a unit that engages the senses and the intellect on a deeper level than most have explored the topic before.
The student who excels in my classes is engaged with the material, follows instructions, and turns their assignments in on time. Students of a variety of academic abilities excel in my courses. While the courses are designed to intellectually challenge students, a lot of supporting materials are provided to assist students and ensure that every student is capable of meeting the challenges. Both the highest performing students in the school and those requiring more academic assistance attend office hours. I meet students where they are and assist their individual needs to help them realize their growth potential throughout the course.
My faith and family have been major influences on my life. Raised in the Episcopal church, my personal theology embodies an ethic of stewardship. I have believed that I must do all I can with the gifts and abilities God has bestowed on and in me. In line with valuing each member of the Body of Christ, The Church, as contributors to the necessary and proper function of the church in the world, I believe that everyone is created or a purpose. The discovery of one’s purpose may be met through the active engagement of one’s talents. As a detail oriented and organized person, I strive to do a thorough job, both in my professional and personal life giving my all in the classroom and at home with my family.