Standard 1.

Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the
diversity of the students they teach.

It’s difficult to learn from those we dislike, and it’s hard to like those who don’t take the time to understand us as individuals.


I apply this understanding in my teaching. I make an effort to get to know my students, their interests, and how these factors affect their learning.

I design projects that cater to students’ learning needs and interests while also meeting state standards. I set high expectations from the beginning. Here are a few examples of how I’ve done this.

Getting involved & volunteering
In the summer of 2020, I helped coordinate the painting of a BLM mural on our school’s driveway. Paint and supplies were donated by Sherwin Williams, a local muralist from Lakewood donated her time to outline the mural, and teachers and students came together to paint. This project was particularly meaningful for our students given the events that summer.