Personal Philosophy of Teaching

     A teacher must never stop learning, otherwise they risk being of little more use than a book that could be taken off of a shelf. Such continued learning adds to their versatility. They must also not be afraid to let go of some of the power in the classroom. A teacher does not have to be the only authority in a learning environment, each member in that space brings their own unique insights, experiences, and abilities that should be valued. A learning environment should be a place where students feel safe to learn and express themselves. Teaching goes beyond just the subject matter being taught, a teacher serves as an example to their students for how to conduct themselves professionally and treat others.

     A teacher must also be willing to accept feedback and constructive criticism of the content they have delivered and on the approaches they have used to deliver it. In the event that only hurtful comments meant to vent frustrations are offered, a teacher must not take them personally and reflect on whether or not the comments have any merit. If merit is found, then the teacher has the responsibility to address the concerns raised and learn from the opportunity.

Personal Philosophy of Learning

     Everyone can learn, though it may take an inventive and resourceful teacher to reach all of their students. For learning to take place a student must feel they have a stake in the learning process, are in a safe environment, and that they will not be belittled by taking part in the learning experience. Once an environment conducive to learning has been established, students must be active partners in the academic endeavor and push themselves to do their best. 

Teaching Experience

Over my years as a faculty member, associate instructor, K-12 teacher, and student teacher I have had the opportunity to do a lot of teaching in a variety of settings and contexts. These courses have been taught both face to face and at a distance using different technology tools such as Blackboard, OnCourse, Ning, Grouply, and Google Groups. Below you will find an outline of my teaching experience.

Assistant Professor 
Department of Educational Studies
Patton College of Education, Ohio University

Courses taught:

  • EDCT 2030 - Technological Applications in Education
    • 2 sections through Fall 2017
  • EDCT 6012 - Teaching and Learning Online
    • 2 sections through Fall 2017
    • Taught at a distance/online
  • EDCT 7900 - Advanced Seminar in Instuctional Technology
    • Topics: Mining the Public Domain for Educational Resources and Opportunities / The Maker Moverment in Education
    • 1 section in Spring 2017

Assistant Professor                                                                            
Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
College of Education, East Carolina University

Courses taught:

  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education (undergraduate)
    • 14 sections through Fall 2015
    • Three sections taught at a distance/online
  • EDTC 6149 - Administration of School Technology (graduate)
    • 7 sections through Fall 2015
    • Taught at a distance/online
  • EDTC 6992 - Technology Specialists as Teacher Leaders in K12 School Systems
    • 4 sections through Fall 2015
    • Taught at a distance/online
    • MAEd Program Internship course

Other responsibilities:

  • MAEd Program ePortfolio Coordinator and Review Organizer (2012-2014)
  • Advisor to 45 MAEd students

Associate Instructor at Indiana University

School of Education
Department of Instructional Systems Technology

Courses Taught:

  • W200 – Using Computers in Education (undergraduate)
    • 1 section, Fall 2010; 1 section, Summer 2012 (assistant for this section)
  • W435/R505 - Technology Leadership Issues in K-12 Education
    • 1 section, Fall 2010
    • Undergraduate and Graduate credit mixed course
    • Taught at a distance/online
  • R503 – Application of Instructional Media and Technology (graduate)
    • 1 section, Summer 2010
    • Taught at a distance/online
    • Eight weeks summer course
  • W301 – Integrating Technology into Education (undergraduate) 
    • 2006-2008
      • Elementary Education (3 sections)
      • Secondary Foreign Language (1 section)
      • Secondary English (1 section)
      • Secondary Social Studies (4 sections)


  • Coordination of W301 Sections
    • All elementary and secondary sections (Spring 08 semester)
    • All secondary sections (Spring 07 semester)

Secondary Teacher
Eminence Community School Corporation

Courses Taught:

  • Computer Literacy (2001-2002)
  • Introduction to Computing / Keyboarding (2000-2001, 2002-2004)
  • Sophomore English (2000-2001, 2003-2004)

Student Teacher

Bedford Junior High School

Courses Taught:

  • Spring 2000
    • Eighth grade English
    • Eighth grade United States History (2 classes)
    • Seventh grade English (2 classes)
    • Seventh grade World Geography