My values and principles are the key components of my teaching philosophy, advocacy, and how I assess or evaluate my students. My values of treating others how they want to be treated have guided me in taking the extra steps to sit down and talk to my students. I intentionally seek to know more about my students’ culture, background and ethnicity because those traits make them who they are. An awareness of cultural diversity has continuously increased my ability to have and show empathy to my students.
I remember my experience in College and University, where I felt alone and faced many socio-economic challenges. I did not feel like I was seen or heard while in College. I was also unaware of the support and resources available to help me navigate life as a student and an employee. Hence, as an Instructor, I ensure each of my students knows that I see them, listen to them, and I am here for them.
I like to share the unique words of the great late Dr. Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”. That quote resonates with me on a personal and professional level. I chose to be an instructor, which impacts the lives of many students at the College and after graduation. I am honored to teach and serve the students, and I share my smiles daily as a clinical instructor and Practical Nursing advisor.