My name is Julie Moore and I am a recent graduate of Hartwick College earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a dual certification in secondary English language Arts and Special Education. I am writing to you about the English Language Arts position that you have available that I found through an online search. Upon reading further about your school, I am very interested in becoming a part of your team. It has always been my dream to be a teacher and I am very excited to get started and strive to be the best teacher that I can be. During my time in college I gave back to my community during many events and have participated in Autism Speaks walks over the years. I also completed internships and over 150 hours in observation hours. Also while doing my student teaching placement I participated in coaching the dance club with my corresponding teacher and another staff member.
As a teacher I hope that I can help my students find their passion and love for the English language. Not only do I want to share the knowledge that I have, but I want to create a classroom where the students are not only building off of each other; but they also have the opportunity to teach me something new. In New York State, the demand for standardized testing has skyrocketed and many students are becoming discouraged in the classroom, and my hope that as an educator to the future generations, I can help my students begin to appreciate the opportunity that they have to be in a classroom. One aspect that I believe to be very important in the classroom is the ability to communicate successfully with the students and to get to know them not only on the academic level, but to get to know them personally as well. Through communication the students could have the opportunity to set and create rules, which will be the one of the many ingredients that make a classroom safe and successful. Another aspect is being patient with the students and making sure that no one feels like they are being left behind. Being patient and working through obstacles in the classroom is so important because it shows the students that as an educator I am personally invested in having them succeed. I hope that I can teach my students the proper English skills to help prepare them for higher education and for their later adults lives. I plan to do this by having my students interact with the texts that they are reading, and other activities that are more hands on. For example, having my students perform parts of Midsummer's Night's Dream By William Shakespeare will not only make the reading fun, but also help my students understand the text on a deeper level. While I have been in the education department I have realized my passion the special education community. Since I was immersed in the Springbrook community I realized that like many people in the world, I was not holding the students that were in this community to the academic level that I should have been. I am now learning this is not only detrimental to these individuals but we as the majority are missing out on wonderful opportunities to learn their true academic level of achievement. Since learning this, I have become very motivated to try to give back to a community who wants nothing more but to learn. While I was at Springbrook, I saw many students who enjoyed being in the classroom and learning as much as they were capable. Being able to have the opportunity to experience this type of immersion has fueled the fire that I have to build a safe classroom where the students that are within the special needs community are being pushed and motivated. Not pushing these students to their full potential is oppressive and they should be given an equal chance to flourish in the education community just as the students that are of typical learning are given. Every student deserves the right to an equal education and I would like to a part of this wonderful movement to create safe spaces for every student to reach their full potential.
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I like to get to know my student by having them read a multiude of reading levels. Once I understand their lexile level, then we will move forward on understanding the target struggles of the learner by engaging in several comprehension and grammar activities.
I have been working as a full time teacher for three years. Before that I completed over 250 field hours. I also completed a student teaching postion my senior year in college.
I typically charge between 50-75 an hour depending on the needs of the student.
I became a teacher because when I was younger I had my own struggles in school. So not only do am I able to help students but I can also come from a place of understanding through experience. It was very important to give back to a community that gave me so much in return.
I have worked with students that are non-verbal and non-ambulatory. I have also worked with students with learning disabilities ranging from austim to dyslexia. I have also been working in the general education population for the last two years.
I recently went on a twelve mile hike with my dog and some friends. Although we went into the hiking believing it was eight miles, it was amazing to watch my friends and myself perseverare.
I would tell them that even though it may seem frustrating now, in the end when you are able to succeed, all those times you failed will make success even sweeter.
Why am I getting frustrated?
How do I learn the best? Am I visual? Am I an audio learner?
What do I like to read?
How do I best engage in school?
What distracts me?
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